VMware Team Building with Robots!
A VMware team building has to be able to keep the attention of highly focused and technological people used to the best. The day we came onsite to deliver our Robot Team Building event Kelly Clarkson was performing a live private concert in the hall next to ours. VMware was one of the first companies and perhaps the most successful to virtualize the x86 architecture – in other words they allow multiple virtual machines to run one server reducing the physical computing requirements from 15 servers to 1 server. The obvious cost savings in hardware and hardware maintenance, and in physical space, make this an obvious winner.
Their products include SDDC platforms, data center and cloud infrastructure, networking security, cloud storage and optimization, cloud management platforms, network functions virtualization, IoT – Internet of Things, digital workspace, desktop and personal computing solutions, and, yes, some free products. They are essentially a cloud managers best friend, which makes them a hot company moving forward in a world more and more dominated by clouds.
This event was an amazing success! We were located in a meeting room directly across from the private pinball machine booth/room. Having been to many high-tech companies and start-ups I am always intrigued at how they leverage games and entertainment for employee benefit. The cliche public room with a ping-pong table rarely gets used – I mean who wants to be seen playing ping-pong while others are drooling over their computers and intravening caffeine. But the private pinball booth is genius. One can saunter to the mini-meeting room and close the door, engage the machine fully with all bells and whistles blaring, be alone, work off some steam, reinvigorate, and then walk out calmly and continue on with the work day.
The “Term-Bots” – pictured above – conquered the build portion finishing in the top 10% of all builders. I was impressed at how they effortlessly combined people from different departments into a cohesive team, and how they laid out the robot like an architecture, a system, and then attacked it with a whole team approach. As usual the battles were the best part with all robots engaging in the team-versus-team and all bot melee formats and getting beat down ultimately by human submission – our last stand!
Thank you to VMware for having has come onsite, and for educating me about virtualization in cloud software and all of the long ranging benefits for companies as a whole – including breaking down silos – that these products can provide. A wonderful and educational day!
Robot Team Building