Friday, March 30, 2018

Girls Who Code: Utah Launch

~~~ Guest post by Darcie Mayne ~~~

Last month, we hosted more than 200 seventh and eighth grade girls from across the state at our Dell EMC office in Draper. We were joined by Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, and Julie Simmons of Women Tech Council to celebrate the launch of the Girls Who Code Club network in Utah.
Vance Checketts, Reshma Saujani, Julie Simmons, Spencer Cox
Adobe and Microsoft, along with the Utah STEM Action Center, are supporting the commitment to create nearly 50 new clubs launching in Utah throughout the year. This Fall groups will begin meeting in Utah schools, community centers libraries and company offices to inspire middle- and high-school-age girls to learn computer coding. A key part of the Dell EMC effort includes leveraging our Women In Action Employee Resource Group. They are a powerful force for good that extends well beyond the 100's here in Utah.

200+ girls excited about Girls Who Code
The goal is to raise awareness and visibility of technology among young women and help shatter the perception that the tech industry is only for males. Reshma implored the students not to buy into stereotypes that girls are not suited to math, science and computing. She said, "I spend my life trying to harass girls like you and make you want to code. You're being duped by a culture that tells you this subject is not for you."
Workshop: Using technology to solve world problems
Learning coding skills is a "great equalizer" in society. Students from diverse backgrounds are all sitting at the same starting line. One girl said, "I wasn't really interested before, but now I am. Boys get more chances than girls." Our Utah girls are ready to solve big problems using technology.
Lt Gov. Spencer Cox takes a selfie with the girls
We have an incredible opportunity to drive human progress through technology. We can't realize the full potential without our girls. More information about the program is available on the STEM Action Center website and the Girls Who Code website. See previous announcements from Dell on our website.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Salt Lake Corporate Games Winter 2018

~~~ Guest post by Windie Darrington ~~~

What makes a Tradition? 
A tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. 

After competing in our 2nd Winter Games it is safe to say we have a new tradition at the Dell EMC Utah office, competing in the Salt Lake County Winter Corporate Games. The Winter Games are done on a smaller scale of the Summer Games. The events are played with the same intensity, commitment and desire to have fun in an "Olympic" style competition among 30+ companies with an estimated 2,500 participants, and opportunities for all levels of athleticism contribute to the team’s success and make an impact in our local community.

Opening Ceremonies
The games began with a glow in the dark 5k wellness walk for all employees, family members and even their dogs. Followed with the first two competition; a chili cook-off for all to enjoy and our “winter” obstacle course where Mother Nature failed to participate and provide snow. Instead our team built a Hula Hoop snowman, scooped tennis balls, snowshoed through the grass and power sled across the lawn to a 2nd place podium. 

Hula Hoop Snowman
Troy Darrington scooping tennis balls
2nd Place!
Who needs daylight?
The Games
With a total of 24 competition events Dell EMC participated in the following 15:
  • Men’s Bowling
  • Women’s Bowling
  • Coed Bowling
  • Broomball (hockey in tennis shoes)
  • Ninja Warrior Course
  • Obstacle Course
  • Pistol Shoot
  • Scrabble
  • Table Tennis
  • “Mystery” Event
  • Poker
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Chili Cook-off
  • Wellness Walk

Dell EMC earned a combined 8 Medals! 
4 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze
Ninja Warrior 
Dell EMC took home the Bronze!
Among our competition events we are also able to participate in an executive challenge, volunteering, and the Heart & Soul Award. The executive challenge consisted of 3 assigned C-level, Director or Sr. Managers checking in at competition events. This was a piece of cake for our crew. Not only did we have an executive check in at EVERY event, they were also playing on the teams.

Mystery Event Team completing 10 different
tasks while tied together in a circle
Mystery Event Gold Medal Winners!
Broomball Team
Thank goodness pads are required!

Heart & Soul Award
The Heart & Soul Award was originally started as a “$200 minimum requirement” of donated food and blood to our local banks. Our Utah office received a very warm thank you for turning this into a real competition. After 4 consecutive years of earning the Heart & Soul award through thousands of dollars and pounds donated to the Utah Food Bank and with hundreds of lives saved through blood donations, we quickly became “the ones to beat." It is a honor to say that we drove the top 5 companies in the competition to raise over $15,000 dollars in food donated to the Utah Food Bank and hundreds of units of blood donated to the American Red Cross. Dell EMC came in a very close 2nd for this year's award. 1st place went to one of our fierce Corporate Games competitors, NetFlix. In the end, it is with great pride that we all say the real winners are the Utah Food Bank and American Red Cross!

Heart & Soul Competing Companies
Thank you to the Red Cross!

Volunteer Company of the Games
The Winter Games could not be held let alone run as smooth as they do without the participating teams providing volunteers. In true Dell culture our team members answered to call for help and earned the Volunteer Company of the Games Award.

Dell EMC team members Tyler Stevens, Troy Darrington,
Windie Darrington, and Stephanie Hill 
Winter Games Wrap up
The Salt Lake Corporate Games moto is ‘friendly competition boosts employee morale” and for a few short weeks in the winter Dell EMC team members huddle around the work place replaying the last nights events, laughing, strategizing and energizing our winning culture inside and outside of the office.  Corporate games brings together our team members across different business units with the same desire to “Make it Real."

1st Place overall! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Salt Lake Summer Corporate Games

~~~ Guest post by Windie Darrington ~~~

In what has become a well-anticipated tradition for the Utah Dell EMC offices, we wrapped up our summer events with our 5th consecutive participation in the Salt Lake County Summer Corporate Games. The corporate games are a variety of sport and non-sport events that create an "Olympic" style competition among 70+ companies with an estimated 8,500 participants, and opportunities for everyone in the company to contribute to the team’s success as well as give back to our community.

The 2017 Summer Games began in March with team members submitting art designs for the coveted competitor shirt. Design specifications were easy: corporate games logo and our rally cry “GO BIG WIN BIG”. Wow! We have some talented designers in house. Our winning design was voted on by their peers.

Winning T-shirt Design
Opening Ceremonies 
The games begin in true Olympic fashion with opening ceremonies following a 5k wellness walk for all employees. The opening ceremonies are an opportunity to showcase our company to the competition. It is a carnival atmosphere full of fun for our team members and their families to enjoy. This year’s Corporate Games theme was “TV Show”. In true Dell EMC fashion we went big and won big with our “Dell EMC Turtle Lair” filled with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle videos games, a TMNT balloon artist, Donatello, Raph, Shredder and of course, PIZZA! Dell EMC was awarded "Best Hospitality" as well as voted “People’s Choice" . . . COWABUNGA DUDE!

Turtle Lair
Wellness Walk
Pizza anyone?
Heart and Soul Award
The Heart and Soul Award was originally started as a “$200 minimum requirement” of donated food and blood to our local banks. Our Utah office received a very warm thank you for turning this into a real competition. After 4 consecutive years of earning the Heart and Soul award through thousands of dollars and pounds donated to the Utah Food Bank and with hundreds of lives saved through blood donations, we quickly became “the ones to beat." It is a honor to say that we drove the top 5 companies in the competition to raise over $50,000 dollars in food donated to the Utah Food Bank and hundreds of units of blood donated to the American Red Cross. Dell EMC came in a very close 2nd for this year's award. 1st place went to one of our fierce Corporate Games competitors, but one of our cherished Dell Technologies customers: L3 Communication Systems. In the end, it is with great pride that we all say the real winners are the Utah Food Bank and American Red Cross!

Employees with Food Donations, Vista Building
Food Donations, Lone Peak Building
The Games

With a total of 37 competition events Dell EMC participated in the following 20:

  • Men’s Bowling
  • Go-Kart 
  • Kickball
  • Women’s Bowling 
  • Men’s Golf 
  • Laser Tag 
  • Coed Bowling 
  • Coed Soccer 
  • Men’s Softball 
  • Mystery Room Escape 
  • Coed Softball 
  • Poker 
  • Dodgeball 
  • Trivia Mania 
  • Scavenger Hunt 
  • Coed Volleyball 
  • Men’s Volleyball 
  • “Mystery” Event 
  • Executive Challenge 
  • Wellness Walk 
  • Finishline Festival

The summer game competition spans a three week period with events being held on weekday evenings and Saturdays. Among our competition events we are also able to participate in an executive challenge, volunteering, and the Heart and Soul Award. The executive challenge consisted of 6 assigned C-level, Director or Sr. Managers checking in at competition events. This was a piece of cake for our crew. Not only did we have an executive check in at all but 2 events, they were playing on the teams.

Escape Room Bronze Medal

Men's Volleyball

Coed Softball
Dell EMC did not have a “Michael Phelps” record year in hardware, with only 6 earned medals in Golf, Mystery Room, Kickball, Trivia, Men’s Volleyball and Scavenger Hunt. Looking solely at competition scores we ranked 11th in standings.

Men's Gold Medal Golf Team
Silver Medal Trivia Team
Walton Family Phone for Scavenger Hunt
Bronze Medal Go-Kart Team 
However, that was before the final volunteer count was added. If there is one thing that Dell EMC exemplifies in their daily actions, we know how to Go Big and Win Big! Our team Members' continuous volunteer efforts at the games not only resulted in the Utah site being awarded the "Volunteer Company of the Summer Games," we claimed 3rd place in the Corporate Cup! Could it be that the Salt Lake County Corporate Games slogan, “Friendly Competition Boost Employee Morale,” is something we believe? I think our amazing team members answered that. 

See you at the winter games!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Mozy Decade

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of the Mozy acquisition. You can accomplish a lot in 10 years, and Mozy has! The list of accomplishments is long, but there's one at the top that stands out conspicuously . . . Mozy has remained a reliable source of data protection for millions of customers around the globe while other technologies and service providers have changed dramatically or vanished completely.

While my day-to-day responsibilities aren't filled with Mozy like they used to be, I still advise the Mozy team on a regular basis. Local to the Silicon Slopes, they are an integral part of Dell EMC Utah. Within the Dell Technologies family, Mozy is an integral part of our Data Protection product line. Together, we protect all of your data all of the time wherever it resides.

See my other posts about Mozy's 8-year anniversary and 9-year anniversary. Most importantly, please join me in congratulating and thanking the Mozy team!

Sales team
Engineering team
Support team
More Engineers!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Veterans & Supporters @ Dell EMC

~~~ Guest post by Mikeal Brooks ~~~

Veterans & Supporters is an inclusive Employee Resource Group (ERG) that helps people of all branches within the armed forces. Members may be veterans, Reserve or National Guard members, family members of a veteran, or simply an individual who desires to support members. Our chapter in Utah consists of a large veteran base, but we also have a significant amount of support from non-veterans. The group is designed to support veterans at Dell EMC as well as give back to the community. 

Current Events
  • Fisher House Landscaping project – Donated and provided volunteers hours to restructure and clean up the fisher house in SLC. We also re-painted storage boxes and had an opportunity to meet with some of the residents seeking medical treatment at the VA.
    Fisher House volunteers
  • Fundraising for the SLC honor flights – The campaign is currently ongoing. We’re raising money to help the honor flights transport several WW2 and Korean war veterans back to DC for a ribbon cutting ceremony for new monuments.
Past Events
  • We have sponsored several events and conducted signing ceremonies with the ESRG.
  • We have paid for and served breakfast to the Honor Flights, and served dinner to Fisher House residents.
Honor Flights
Honor Flights Veterans
  • We donated wheel chairs to the Honor Flights Foundation.
Victoria Chadwick, Richard Vigor, and Judy Lemmons with the
three wheelchairs donated to the Utah Honor Flight

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

LGBT Pride @ Dell EMC

~~~ Guest post by Shawn L ~~~

The Utah Pride employee resource group (ERG) focuses on community outreach with special attention paid to LGBT causes, such as homeless youth. Our goal is to organize at least one community outreach event per quarter, like volunteering at a specific partner location or helping facilitate a drive for an organization in need. We frequently volunteer with the VOA Youth Resource Center for Homeless & At-risk Teens, Utah Pride Center, as well as the Utah Food Bank. You can read about one our recent volunteer experiences here.  
Mckeon, Ron, Shawn, Stacy, Alaia, Jessica,
Brandon, Austen, Tyler
Matthew, Jaime, Angela, Shawn,
Ron, Alaia, Rachel 
In addition, the Pride ERG has traditionally helped create the backdrop for the annual Dell EMC Utah Santa Saturday event. Santa Saturday is a fun family event where kids can get their picture taken with Santa and which benefits a different organization each year, like the United Way, Fisher House, and Salt Lake Homeless Youth Resource Center. 
Santa Saturday
Our main focus for 2017 has been continued outreach and support of the organizations listed above, continued activity with the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, as well as various meet-ups and mixers for our members. Our most recent event was the Utah Pride Festival and you can read about our experience in the latest Mozy Blog.
Jason, Phiinix, Aly, Todd, David 
We’re always looking for new organizations to volunteer with and new team members to add to our ERG. Please comment here to provide any suggestions or make requests! 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Indian Subcontinent @ Dell EMC

~~~ Guest Post by Ryan Lusvardi & Srivathsan Ananthachari ~~~

Dell EMC values diversity and inclusion and started the Indian Subcontinent resource group many years ago at the EMC headquarters in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Several of us worked together to establish a local chapter of this circle in Utah in August of 2016.

Mission & Goals
  •          Celebrate the cultures of India, Pakistan, and Nepal
  •          Help build team members skills through professional development
  •          Give back to the community

Recent Activities

Kick Off Event – Aug 2016
In August of 2016, we started the circle by celebrating India’s Independence Day at the two Dell EMC facilities in Utah. Members of the board dressed in traditional clothing and served Indian snacks to local team members.

Prashanth, Srivathsan, Ryan, Gaurav and his wife Anamika

Kelly, Srath, and Tim

Hands on Training Competition – February 2017
In February we held the first hands on training competition at the Utah Vista facility in our hands on training room which houses several pieces of Dell EMC hardware. For this competition we set up a task that required teams to troubleshoot a disk failure on a Dell EMC XtremIO storage array. Each team was provided a list of instructions and given a few minutes to plan on how to execute the task. The team that was able to complete the task in the shortest amount of time was our winner.

Potluck – March 2017
In March we held a Potluck event to share some traditional food from India and Pakistan with each other.

Traditional Indian and Pakistani potluck


Cricket Team – Spring 2017 
This spring we organized a cricket team consisting of several of the resource group members. 
The Dell EMC cricket team (Pipe Hitters XI) in the UT COE is officially live. The team plays in the Utah Premier League. We are the underdog with this being our debut performance and many seasoned teams participating in the tournament.

As I write this article, we are down 2-0, but definitely having fun and getting better in our performance.  We have 3 more league matches to go and hopefully, with some practice, we would be able to put up a good fight in the coming matches - It ain’t over till it’s over!!
Go team!!!

Cricket team photo - Abhiram Guvvala, Jason Pierce, Harsha Nagendra, Rakesh Vodayana, Devarajan Palanisamy, Mithun Mhatre, Gaurav Rastogi, 
Jignesh (non-Dell EMC), Srivathsan, Usman (Non-Dell EMC), Noman (Non-Dell EMC), Mirza Hassan

We look forward to many more activities to bring our resource group closer together and to celebrate the cultures of the diverse team members that work at Dell EMC.