Since he helped build the highly successful ship that is VMware, it is widely expected the company\u2019s CEO Raghu Raghuram, appointed in June, won\u2019t rock that boat too much, at least in the near term.\u00a0\n VMware\nRaghuram is credited with helping build and grow the company\u2019s core virtualization and multicloud \u00a0business as well as its software-defined data center strategy. VMware also credits Raghuram with driving partnerships with Dell Technologies and hyper-scaler customers.\n\nSince being appointed a little over 100 days ago, \u00a0Raghuram has been focused on those efforts but also growing the company\u2019s multicloud software subscription and SaaS business.\nHe inherited a good base to start with as VMware in its August Q2 2022 earnings call said total company revenue for the quarter was $3.1 billion, with combined subscription, SaaS, and license revenue growing 12% year-over-year to $1.5 billion.\nIn a press and analyst event last week Raghuram stressed the same theme that he laid out in his first financial analysts call in May: VMware\u2019s mission is to provide foundational multicloud platforms for accelerating digital business.\n\u201cWe provide a ubiquitous consistent software platform across clouds, data centers, and edge with which customers can rapidly build and modernize their applications. We empower them to operate their entire distributed environment with optimal cost, security and governance while leveraging their existing investments in our technology and skills to go faster to the future,\u201d\u00a0 Raghuram said. \u00a0\nHe has also spent a lot of time planning for VMware\u2019s pending spin-off from Dell Technologies that Dell announced in April, which will create two free-standing companies.\nDell has had an 81% equity ownership of VMware Since 2016 when it paid $67 billion for EMC, which owned VMware. Under terms of the planned spin-off, VMware will distribute a cash dividend totalling $11.5 billion to $12 billion to VMware shareholders, which includes about $9.7 billion to Dell Technologies, the companies stated.\nThe two companies have had a close development relationship.That includes services such as VMware Cloud on Dell EMC, which combines VMware\u2019s high-performance compute, storage, and networking software integrated with Dell EMC hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). Specifically, it involves VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX and Dell EMC VxRail HCI delivered as a service managed by VMware.\nRaghuram said that the split from Dell is on track for November and that VMware as a stand-alone company will have increased strategic, operational and financial flexibility to drive its growth strategy and will also be able to strengthen its\u00a0 strategic relationship with Dell.\n\u201cThe Dell spin will let partners look at VMware in a new light and allow us more flexibility in growing our own business,\u201d Raghuram said.\nThe Dell situation hasn\u2019t been the only thing on the new CEO\u2019s plate. Raghuram said he has also focused on further developing VMware\u2019s multicloud strategy in a post-pandemic enterprise world. \u00a0\n\u201cThe pandemic has accelerated what was already happening in that there are now many more distributed applications, infrastructure and people, and because of the way things have been accelerated people are finding that this distributed multicloud world is pretty complex and we are looking to reduce that complexity,\u201d Raghuram said.\u00a0\nMaking the distributed world look like one logical entity that can\u00a0 be managed easily is a tough proposition, Raghuram said. \u201cHow we make all of that work easier for customers is our mission,\u201d he said.\nAnother hot topic has been enabling business workforces that either work at home full or part-time. \u201cHow do we enable the anywhere workspace that will be staying with us for the foreseeable future?\u201d Raghuram said.\nAt the heart of VMware\u2019s remote work technology is its VMware\u2019s Anywhere Workspace package that brings together the company\u2019s core enterprise software products, including Workspace ONE unified endpoint management, Carbon Black Cloud cloud-native endpoint security, and secure access service edge (SASE) components, into a single system to support a widely distributed workforce.\n\u201cCustomers are rethinking everything in terms of security and access for distributed resources,\u201d Raghuram said.