Dell Engineering Director Appears To Trash AirWatch On Twitter… Say What?

Last month Dell and VMware became one in the same as they merged into a single company. As part of the deal, VMware’s AirWatch enterprise mobility management product was brought into the fold. But I have to guess that not all Dell employees are thrilled with the fact that they now have to fly the flag for AirWatch. Case in point is this fellow:

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This is Luke Woydziak and according to his LinkedIn profile, he just took on the role of Director of Engineering at Dell Technologies which has the following mission statement according to this

Dell Technologies is Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware. We’re a collective force of innovative capabilities trusted all over the world to provide technology solutions and services that accelerate digital transformation.

Now you’ll note that VMware is part of that list. And as I mentioned above, VMware has AirWatch as part of its portfolio. Which would make it really strange to see this comment on Mr. Woydziak’s Twitter feed:

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Yes that’s a screen shot. I’ve done that just in case the tweet gets deleted. That sometimes happens when potentially embarrassing tweets are brought to light. Here’s the original tweet:

I don’t get it. Someone who works for an organization that provides technologies to businesses is appearing to disparage one of the technologies that helps to provide his pay packet. Keep in mind that this fellow has over 7000 followers on Twitter. Even if he didn’t, this is the age of apps like Radian6 which troll social media for this sort of thing. In short, he must have known that someone further up the food chain in Dell would see this tweet. Or worse, competitors might see this tweet and pounce on it. Never mind the possibility that someone like me who has several thousand people visiting this blog every day might see this and say “hmmmmmm” and quickly post a story on it. The only thing that I can conclude is that he isn’t happy about AirWatch being part of Dell for whatever reason, and he isn’t shy to say so in public. I also suspect that there are others within the Dell organization who feel this way, but haven’t made their feelings known by tweeting or by other means.

I for one will be keeping an eye on this story as it could get very interesting.

 

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