John Dolan, Vice President Global Technical Support, and Kieran Barry Murphy, International Controller at VMware
This August celebrations are in order as we mark a decade since VMware opened its doors in Ireland. Back in 2005 the 10 employees starting out in our first Cork office had high ambitions, though I’m sure that none of them could have foreseen the level of success we would go on to achieve over the next 10 years.
The business has now grown to more than 750 employees – with our presence increasing to five offices in Cork as well as a sales office in Dublin. And we’re not finished yet, with our plans to move into a further building on the Barrack Square, Ballincollig campus in October 2015. This will see our seating capacity climb to 1,100 employees.
Over the last 10 years VMware has contributed hundreds of millions of euros to the local economy. VMware’s Cork office is responsible for driving innovation across the business, with its work in the country crucial for serving the IT needs of some of the world’s largest organisations. We also partner with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to develop the world’s first suite of Masters and Undergraduate degree programs in cloud computing, with the first graduates conferred in May 2013.
Investment, however, has extended far beyond the usual realms of business – we also take pride in our thriving CSR initiatives. The VMware foundation, for example, supports all employees to undertake 40 hours paid volunteering annually. Organisations benefiting from the scheme in Ireland over the past year have included Age Action, Penny Dinners, Sonas Special School and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
And our achievements have not gone unnoticed. Just last year Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited our Ballincollig facility in recognition of VMware’s investment in the local workforce, calling VMware a “hugely successful technology” and “a great brand image for our country.” Additionally, in 2013 VMware was awarded Cork Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year. The award was in recognition of the company’s culture of innovation, the quality of its workforce, its continued growth and its contribution to the local economy.
Ultimately, this may only be the start of the story but it’s one that has already made us immensely proud. Working day in and day out with my colleagues in Ireland leaves me with a feeling of inspiration. Given what we’ve achieved so far, I can hardly wait to see what the future will bring.