VMware Helps DISH Operate Like a Startup

September 14, 2017

For DISH Network, IT is in its DNA. Everything from finding new customers to delivering home entertainment products and even managing ongoing subscription relationships is managed via technology. The Englewood, Colorado company that started in 1980 as a satellite installer is now a Fortune 200 company with 14 million subscribers and 16,000 employees — so it’s crucial that its tech systems be powerful, flexible and scalable.

The company recognized this need to evolve its technology tools to be more responsive to market changes and to develop new software faster. It engaged VMware Labs to learn the new software and immerse itself in agile methods. DISH even tore down cubicles and replaced them with paired programming stations.

“We completely renovated our space in this historic building to have the collaborative look and feel of a startup, where developers are working in pair programming stations to deliver apps for consumers and employees,” Rob Bennett, DISH director of DISH Grand Central, told VMware. “And we are doing all of that at the scale of a Fortune 200 company.”

As a result of the new space and fresh way of working, developers are communicating more and developing faster. Software releases now happen biweekly instead of on a quarterly basis.

DISH uses VMware Cloud Foundry to innovate and develop new products; deliver tools for technicians in the field to help customers; and attract new talent. Read the full details in VMware’s case study: A Modern Platform That Allows Developers to Save Hours and Days.

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