How Dell Partners Are Giving Back for the Holidays
In the holiday spirit, I think it is important that we all take the time to reflect on the year, be thankful for what we have and to remember those less fortunate than we are. I’ve had the pleasure of working at Dell since 2006 and the company has a great “Make a Difference” program that encourages employees to volunteer their time and has a match program for charitable donations. It’s made a real difference with a number of local, national and international organizations, so I thought it would be great to hear what our partners are doing as well.
Today I have Nyle Rogers from Vudu Consulting out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma here to talk about what is important to him and his company and how he gives back to his community throughout the year. (Vudu Consulting is a Premier Partner in the Dell PartnerDirect Program).
Sarah Mercer: Hi Mr. Rogers. Can you give the readers a quick overview of your company (history, number of employees, specialties, etc.?)
Nyle Rogers: Vudu Consulting was founded in May of 2008. Adopting the cloud computing model, Vudu Consulting helps organizations jointly plan, develop, implement, and support technology infrastructurers. We are networking professionals. Designing and engineering standardized systems and solutions, qualifying vendors, and engineering a custom I.T. roadmap for your company’s immediate, short, and long term growth.
Sarah Mercer: It’s my understanding from previous conversations that Vudu Consulting is quite active in Philanthropic efforts. What charities do you participate with and how and why did you get involved?
Nyle Rogers: In 2011, we were an elite sponsor to a wonderful event held in Oklahoma city targeting low-income families. The event was organized by OneLifeOK. They are a local ministry, focused on “being agents of H.O.P.E.” They provide counseling & mentoring to the community, offering counseling services & practical relationship help. They also offer support to needs of single mothers & their children. OneLifeOK organized and faciliated the event. They also brought in corporate sponsors such as Chick-fil-a, Pepsi, US Fleet – to assist in a girls basketball camp. With the camp we helped provide costs of facilities, lunches, t-shirts for every attendee. OneLifeOK shares a common goal with Vudu’s culture which is to participate in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. We chose to be involved with this event because it provided a fun, positive atmosphere with an encouraging message to the girls.
Sarah Mercer: It sounds like giving is a big part of your culture at Vudu. Is participation mandatory in your efforts or do your employees also have the same passion for helping the community as you?
Nyle Rogers: Our goal at Vudu is to always be perceptive to the environment around us and in that perception, we can see and meet necessary needs. It’s just who we are at Vudu. Giving is who you are “before” business so it naturally carries over into our culture and style at Vudu.
Sarah Mercer: Obviously giving is not supposed to give you a return on your business, but what would you say to other resellers about the importance of participating in Philanthropic and volunteer activities?
Nyle Rogers: We can’t always know why some experience success and benefits more than others, but to share in giving to others less fortunate “gives back” to us in ways not measured by business. It is in this “spirit of giving” that we can experience the enthusiasm of a life helped and changed. It is in this “spirit of giving” that Vudu will continue, throughout the 2012 year, to share our successes with others.
Sarah Mercer: Any other parting words this holiday season for your peers and readers of the blog?
Nyle Rogers: This is a wonderful time of year to focus and turn our attention on others and be thankful for the benefits and gifts that we have by being a part of our great country. Remember the true meaning of this season is giving.
Sarah Mercer: Mr. Rogers, thank you so much for taking the time out to share your story. Happy holidays to you and to all of The VAR Guy’s readers out there!