In September we were thrilled to formally open our new EMEA HQ in Staines with a series of events.
We kicked off the day with a media roundtable session centred on the digital skills research we’ve been talking about here on the blog for a few weeks. It’s one of the key issues facing our industry, so we spent a lot of time putting together an expert panel made up of some of the industry’s most influential voices.
The discussion was chaired by our own Matt Piercy and attended by Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech as well as Sue Daley from TechUK and three VMware customers – Skyscape, Pearson and Dentsu Aegis Network. We also had VMware’s Senior Vice President and newly appointed General Manager, EMEA Jean-Pierre Brulard on the panel and Joe Baguley, CTO EMEA.
We’ll be producing a series of in depth posts on the skills research, so stay tuned, but in short the discussion included debate around:
- How to be even more inclusive in digital skills, with many older employees and in particular wanting to learn how to code and behaving more digitally
- The challenges organisations face in growing and making the most of the digital talent on offer
- How to ensure the UK doesn’t lag behind its European counterparts
Following the roundtable, we were delighted to host Rt Hon Philip Hammond, MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (and our local MP) to visit the office over a networking lunch. General Manager for the UK & Ireland, David Parry-Jones welcomed Philip and both said a couple of words to mark the new office open, with a toast to our continued success. Philip then toured the office, saw a demo about how one of our End User Computing solutions could help government workers in his own department, and met a variety of employees.
Please see below for some pictures from what was a fantastic day. Staines and its local area is a genuine hub of innovation and creativity and an ideal base for us to continue our rapid growth as we help organisations in the UK and beyond transform their IT infrastructures for the digital age.