~~~ 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
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!!
|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.