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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Planet Utah @ Dell EMC

~~~ Guest Post by Jenny Gettelman ~~~

It’s not hard to believe that a lot of Utahans feel that our state’s spectacular National Parks, greatest snow on earth and breath-taking mountain scenery are out of this word. At Dell EMC, we agree!  That’s why in April, we set out to form a new chapter of an Employee Resource Group (ERG) called Planet Utah

Our Mission:  To be environmental stewards that work toward fostering a sustainable future. We work to engage our team members, area businesses and community leaders to make our community a clean and safe place to live and work for this and future generations.         

Shortly after forming, Planet Utah got right to work organizing trash pick-up events at the Dell EMC Lone Peak and Vista Station offices to celebrate Earth Week. During trash pick-up at the Lone Peak office, folks that participated noticed a large number of cigarette butts that were being left on the ground. To help combat this litter issue, Planet Utah is now looking into a cigarette waste recycling program that does the following:
  1. The collected material is first sterilized using gamma radiation, which removes toxins or bio-contaminants.
  2. The material is then shredded and the remaining tobacco and paper remnants are composted.
  3. The shredded filters are blended with other recycled materials collected by TerraCycle and pelletized. 
  4. The resultant plastic pellets can be used in wide variety of industrial applications including the creation of plastic shipping pallets.

Trash pick up participants

Community Engagement

Jordan River Trail:
In May, Planet Utah was invited to join 25+ Mozy team members on a Jordan River Trail clean up. Their goal was to eradicate a non-native thistle weed from an area close to the Vista Station office. The Jordan River Trail offers over 40 miles of pedestrian and equestrian trails, picnic areas, canoe launches and is a great urban park.
Kenzie and David getting to work
Tyler with the biggest thistle
Working hard
Jordan River Trail volunteer group

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium:
During Earth Week, Planet Utah partnered with the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium to host lunch ‘n learns around the topic of Ocean Plastics. Plastic now accounts for 90 percent of the trash floating on the ocean surface. Dell EMC recently announced they are taking a leading role in keeping plastics out of the ocean by using packaging materials made entirely from recycled content, including ocean plastics. The initial goal is to keep 16,000 pounds of plastic out of the ocean this year, scaling to 20,000 next year. This is a great example of how Dell and a local business can partner to educate people on an issue we are both passionate about.

Special guest from the Loveland Planet Aquarium

As Planet Utah works to grow our membership, we look forward to boosting recycling programs, partnering with UCAIR to improve air quality and working with other ERG’s to make them more sustainable. We are proud that our recently dedicated Vista Station office building attained LEED Silver certification for the sustainable approach to the way building was designed, constructed and operated. Planet Utah members feel fortunate that our leadership cares about issues of sustainability and environmental protection ensuring Utah is a great place to live and work.   

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Dell Nashville

First Oklahoma City and now Nashville . . . I'm getting some great exposure to large non-HQ locations for our new combined company. And they have been impressive! The Nashville team is a powerhouse with a great history. Just like OKC, they have their own cool Dell Nashville overview video. At one point in time, Nashville had many different business units, but it is now largely a sales operation. That said, the diversity of the sales teams and functions is huge. They support sales for everything we make, both large and small to just about every customer that might buy it, both large and small. One of the big historical functions is still performed in Nashville, but by a partner: GENCO, which will soon be rebranded to FedEx Supply Chain. Here are a few other takeaways about Dell Nashville:

  • Easy access - The office is just minutes from the airport and major roadways. It isn't in the thick of downtown, but it isn't far away either. The facility address is 1 Dell Parkway 😊 
  • Welcoming facilities - The building isn't brand new, but it is in great shape. And since it has been there for a while it is surrounded by beautiful trees, including some mature magnolias that were in bloom. The Customer Solutions Center was particularly engaging and impressive. 
  • Large, diverse population - There are a lot of cool people working in a variety of functions. Our strong Employee Resource Groups (ERG) are further example of the spirit of diversity & inclusion that exist there (Pride, Black Networking Alliance, Women in Action, Veterans, GenNext, etc.). 
  • Heavy involvement in the community - In addition to the ERG's, there is a committee to coordinate the many different ways that our Nashville team gives back. Some of the bigger partnerships are with Ronald McDonald House, YWCA, and Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Strong local leadership - The governance model for the site includes a leadership team that meets on a regular basis as well as an extended team that includes leaders from the Employee Resource Groups. They all have regular “day jobs,” but are willing to devote time to site-wide programs that make Dell Nashville a Great Place to Work. To mention a few names . . . Eric, Carnell, Tom, Daniel, Susan, Jana, Megan, Angie, Julian, Orlando, Nikki, Amanda, & Andrea.
We already have the first person lined up to move from Utah to Tennessee! I couldn't be happier for everyone involved.

Great icon in the lobby to let you know where you are! 
In front of the Customer Solutions Center
Inside the Customer Solutions Center
Rack-sized gear in the training lab
Exciting event to educate internal teams on new Dell monitors
It wouldn't be an event in Nashville without some live music, right?
Leadership meeting with ERG teams
Tour of the configuration & distribution center
Awesome display for Dell Rugged gear (Note the laptops under each tire!)
Nashville Fitness Center - One of several great amenities