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Seeing the Forest for the Trees: A Sustainable Approach to Digital Transformation

Bask Iyer By Bask Iyer Chief Information Officer, VMware; General Manager, Edge/IoT, Dell Technologies April 19, 2018

Earth Day is nearly here again.

While I strive to commute on my trusty bike, I know I can personally do better to give back to Planet Earth. In addition to getting back on the saddle and doing my video calls under a shady tree on my bicycle trail, as a CIO, I believe it is also critical for us to embrace a more sustainable approach to delivering on our digital transformation in today’s hypercompetitive marketplace.

Without a doubt, there are direct ways to make a difference environmentally. For instance, at Dell, we have been collecting and turning ocean plastics into recycled packaging for our computers. And we’ve also embraced virtualization, cloud computing and even data center design to reduce energy consumption, cooling costs and even the amount of floor space required to run our business. However, as Dell and VMware’s CIO, I also like to think about what we can do to extend our sustainability and legacy of good even further.

Extending Sustainability to the Business

We have a unique vantage point because we design, support and understand all the interdependencies across various critical business systems. For instance, working with our business partners, we can analyze data to automate and streamline processes, as well as make business savvy and environmentally-friendly enhancements to our supply chain, manufacturing and logistics processes. And, that’s just for starters. The stronger the partnership with our business teams, the more we can drive better business and environmental impacts like this across the company.

Empowering the Workforce

No surprises here. Our workforce is mobile, global and always on. It no longer matters where they are. However, if we provide the right access, apps and collaboration tools, we can power fewer offices; reduce the need for business travel; eliminate commuting congestion and stress; and ultimately provide team members with a more satisfying work/life balance. We’re drinking our own champagne for the greater good.

Creating Evergreen Careers

We all want to work for a company that does good. At Dell, we do a lot to advance our legacy of good. However, we should also encourage our team members to consider innovations that also advance our environmental and sustainability objectives. By continuing to hire, train and retain diverse and creative team members that believe in giving back and advancing our global community, we will have the skills and desire to make more of difference while delivering value for our business. And, they will be happier to work here too.

Making an Impact

Caught up in the minutiae, we often get stuck in an infinite loop and “can’t see the forest for the trees.” In IT, it is common. Every day, we juggle hundreds of projects while finding time to pursue our digital transformation strategy. However, my leaders and I work to consider how our projects and innovations can also advance our environmental and sustainability objectives. Not only can we enhance our business, but do something good for the planet. We can see the forest for the trees.

Make sure to learn more about how Dell is fighting plastic pollution, “Doing Our Part to Fight Plastic Pollution“, from Trisa Thompson, Senior Vice President & Chief Responsibility Officer at Dell.

Happy Earth Day!

Bask Iyer

About Bask Iyer

Chief Information Officer, VMware; General Manager, Edge/IoT, Dell Technologies

Bask Iyer is the CIO at VMware. He joined VMware in March 2015 and now leads its global information and technology organization, a group that manages critical technology systems supporting the company’s worldwide business operations. In August 2018, Iyer added the responsibility of general manager, Edge/IoT for Dell Technologies. From December 2016 to August 2018, he also held the role of chief information officer for Dell.

A respected industry veteran, Iyer brings more than 25 years of experience in executing and driving change in traditional Fortune 100 manufacturing companies and Silicon Valley-based high technology firms. Prior to joining VMware, Iyer served as senior vice president and chief information officer at Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for the company’s technology and business operations, which included critical services around business transformation, global business services, IT and real estate, and workplace services. Before joining Juniper Networks, he served as chief information officer at Honeywell, and chief information officer at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham for consumer healthcare research and development, where he was also the company’s e-commerce leader. Iyer holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Annamalai University in India and a master’s degree in computer science from Florida Institute of Technology.

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