Bask.Iyer

Bask Iyer is an executive vice president and 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 December 2016, Bask added the responsibility of chief information officer for Dell.

A respected industry veteran, Iyer has more than 25 years of experience in executing and driving change at traditional Fortune 100 manufacturing companies and Silicon Valley high-technology companies. Prior to joining VMware, Iyer served as senior vice president and CIO 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, Iyer served as CIO at Honeywell, and as CIO 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 the Florida Institute of Technology.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Bask Iyer and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Bask.Iyer

Leadership through the generations
Tales From A Silicon Valley CIO

Leadership through the generations

The old hierarchical dichotomy between teacher and student, or older mentor and younger mentee, worked well in a world where change happened slowly, and the knowledge of one generation could reasonably be transferred to the benefit of the next, like the Jedi powers – master transmitting perennial wisdom through the ages. But that just isn’t the case anymore – certainly not in IT.
October 27, 2017
Duality of a CIO’s responsibility
Tales From A Silicon Valley CIO

Duality of a CIO’s responsibility

It’s not about keeping the trains on time vs. implementing the hyperloop. It’s about doing both.
September 28, 2017
Why CIOs need their head in the cloud
Tales From A Silicon Valley CIO

Why CIOs need their head in the cloud

The cloud presents one of the biggest industry disruptions in years. And while you may be sick of talking about it, CIOs need to get their heads in the cloud in order to help their company safely and successfully navigate the journey.
June 6, 2017
Why bi-modal IT doesn’t really work
Tales From A Silicon Valley CIO

Why bi-modal IT doesn’t really work

On paper, bi-modal IT may make sense. But this practice is not my reality. Transforming IT is a team sport and dividing teams into “old & slow vs. new & fast” does more harm than good. The fact is IT has to chew gum and walk at the same time.
April 25, 2017
Putting the T back in STEM
Tales From A Silicon Valley CIO

Putting the T back in STEM

The importance of education in technology.
March 30, 2017
6 ways to protect your organization from IoT attacks
Tales From A Silicon Valley CIO

6 ways to protect your organization from IoT attacks

A recent bulletin from the FBI to private enterprises stated that the “exploitation of the Internet of Things (IoT) to conduct small-to-large scale attacks on the private industry will very likely continue.” Here's what can you do to make sure your security infrastructure is ready.
November 22, 2016