VMware 'Flings' Spark Open Innovation

Posted by Janelle Noble at 9:01 AM, September 20, 2012

BlogphotoVMware, a global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, is hosting its first ever Open Innovation Contest. Using Brightidea software, VMware is actively engaging its community of users and encouraging participation for VMWorld 2013, an annual conference for IT professionals focusing on virtual server environment. The public innovation contest is designed for VMware software users that utilize a variety of fun, free tools offered by the company called 'flings'. The winning submission could potentially be a new fling built by the Engineering teams at VMware Labs. A panel of judges will review all the submissions and will announce the contest winner on November 30, 2012.

Since launching, the contest received positive responses from users and valuable collaboration on submitted ideas. One popular submission is to build a single backup of all vcenter and vshield components. The capability will allow users to select or unselect all vcenter configuration options and back up or send it on a share.

The open innovation contest portal invites ideas from the public and allows for the easy management of those ideas. The social features on the front and back-end allow for development of submitted ideas and efficient, collaborative review and decision-making.

Watch the official contest video to learn what the VP of Innovation at VMware has to say about 'flings.' 


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