Diversity and Inclusion at Endace

Original Entry by : Endace

By Garima Bhatia, Test Manager – Appliance QA, Endace


Endace has recently started an exciting initiative which we wanted to share.

We have always been a culturally diverse workplace with people from all over the world representing many different nationalities and cultures. We are proud of this and want to recognize and celebrate the diversity we already have at Endace.  Each of our individuals has unique perspectives, skills, experiences and backgrounds that bring valuable contributions to the organization.

Supporting this diverse set of individuals to feel included is important; so people feel they truly belong to the organization they are working at and can achieve their maximum potential.  For Endace as an innovative organization, this means reaping the rewards of diverse thinking, and a stimulating work environment that leads to a satisfied team with strong collaboration and teamwork.

It is important that diversity is not only accepted, but celebrated, in ways that gives this diverse group of people a strong sense of worth and belonging. Everyone should feel accepted and valued for who they are in order for Endace to build a corporate culture that demonstrably supports and celebrates every individual’s self-expression.

What are we Doing?

Our approach to making diversity at Endace inclusive, by embracing our different mix of people, is a bottom-up approach. Our People team conducted an internal survey, and a series of discussions and presentations, to encourage input from people across the organization. In these sessions, we examined and discussed what diversity means and how acceptance and celebration of diversity go hand-in-hand with inclusion. We discussed how this benefits the business by allowing it to tap into the potential a diverse workforce has to offer, and how it benefits individuals by encouraging their individuality in a productive way.

This process was widely supported across the organization and led to agreement across the board that an active focus on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) was an important initiative for everyone at Endace.

As our CEO Stuart Wilson said “this initiative is to ensure everyone has an equal voice so the business benefits from the best of the abilities that we have as a diverse team at Endace. I am motivated to give a voice to those who may be reluctant to step forward and I am looking forward to seeing what we achieve together.

The D&I Committee: and Our Voices

D&I can be “in the eye of the beholder”. So our challenge was to gain an organization-wide perspective of what diversity means to everyone at Endace. We needed to understand where we are now and what we want to focus on improving.

We established a community-led group, by calling for volunteers from across Endace, to collect input and ideas from across the organization, that could be implemented in conjunction with the People team. We found we had many people that are enthusiastic about this initiative and who wanted to be part of the group proactively taking steps to better understand and support our team members.

As Sam from the Software team says, “the differences that exist between us all are a strength, not a weakness. The D&I Committee provides a platform for us to celebrate and better understand this.

We had people who wanted to voice opinions on many different issues and were willing to dedicate time and ideas.

As Michael in the Support team said, “being part of Endace’s Diversity & Inclusion team resonates strongly with my personal commitment to breaking down barriers for marginalized and vulnerable communities.  I am passionate about making a positive difference, whether it’s in relation to gender, age, ability, sexuality, or cultural diversity.”

 

One very motivated volunteer, Kate, provided a very perceptive insight; “I believe acceptance of difference makes us stronger and smarter. It is not the diversity that is key, it is the openness to it.

 

We were also fortunate to have a senior leadership team member, John Attala, Endace’s VP of Worldwide Sales, sponsor the initiative as the D&I group leader. John said,

As the son of a first-generation immigrant, our family’s diversity stood out. My parents became leaders in their careers and community and I believe our cultural differences educated our community in a small way. Diversity and inclusion are important to me and I’m excited to be part of the first Endace D&I Committee. I hope together we can help facilitate a workplace that is safe, welcoming and where ideas are freely shared because I believe diversity is the one true thing we all have in common”.

Once assembled, the group was trained by the people team on D&I fundamentals and tasked with identifying focus areas and specific objectives Endace could undertake to ensure D&I are embedded across the organization.

So Far: and What’s Next?

The experience of being in the D&I committee so far has been a unique one. We have identified the focus areas we collectively agreed to work on and identified teams to work on each of these focus areas. These teams are responsible for ensuring the overall group makes progress by firstly building awareness of issues in their specific focus areas and then by identifying actions that will address those issues and ensure diversity is not only accepted but overtly celebrated across the organization.

We have taken our first steps – including having all managers participate in an “unconscious bias” workshop. This workshop helped attendees to understand that biases do exist, how they can identify and become conscious of them, and how to be mindful that these biases don’t get in the way of everyone being treated fairly.

As we move forward, we are driven to actively support our organization becoming a place where individuality is celebrated and everyone has a sense of belonging, of having a valued voice, is accepted and respected, and has opportunities to develop.  Change happens over time, but we know this can be achieved through our commitment to community-led initiatives and the hard work of our D&I Committee.


Endace’s 2020/21 Internship Program
Kicks off

Original Entry by : Katrina Schollum

Our Summer Internship Program is back! Four lucky interns from a large pool went through our robust selection process and were recently welcomed into the business to start their 12-week program in our R&D center in Hamilton, NZ.

Induction Day

As part of their first day getting to know Endace and the team, each of our four interns was paired with a mentor to complete a team-building exercise (with a little friendly competition). Using only what they could find in the office, and their wits and ingenuity, they were tasked with building a race-worthy vehicle able to propel itself across the lunchroom.  The winner not only got to claim victory but also got to have their name on the build challenge trophy!  The final race, MC’d by our VP People – with her hard-hat on for health and safety – was watched by the full Engineering department, all cheering on the contestants.

Afterward, over some good food, our interns had a chance to get to know their managers, mentors, and other members of the wider Engineering team.  Included in the fun were Endace’s CEO, Stuart Wilson, and CTO, Stephen Donnelly, who were part of the judging panel of senior engineering managers.

“It was great to see the tremendous enthusiasm and teamwork from our interns on display once again, showcasing their innovative solutions and rule interpretations,” said Stephen Donnelly.

Our Program

Endace began as a University project and as an organization we have continued to have strong bonds to tertiary education through our intern program. We are proud of our history and contribution to ongoing learning.

From day one our interns learn about Endace’s history and products and develop relationships with their mentors.  This year, we are thrilled to have two mentors who, in previous years, were themselves Endace interns and offer unique insight from both sides of the relationship.  Joshua, one of the new mentors, said “my time as an intern at Endace really exceeded my expectations, offering the chance to work with people that believed in me and helped me grow my skills and kickstart my career. I am really excited to now be able to do the same for others and watch them grow over the summer.”

The 12-week intern program focuses on involving interns in commercially relevant projects and providing structured training, including lunch-and-learns that introduce the interns to other areas of the business such as finance, HR, marketing, and operations.

The intern program culminates with our interns delivering a presentation at a shared learning session involving interns and their mentors, members of the senior leadership team, and project managers.

Our interns will become sought-after graduates with meaningful, hands-on experience and we look forward to following their achievements.  We are proud of the Endace Internship Program and see it as a great way to help computer science students and graduates build talent and experience and grow the industry, as well as showcasing Endace as an employer of choice for IT and engineering graduates in New Zealand.


Playing a hunch with confidence with the latest EndaceProbe software release 5.2

Original Entry by : Andy Summers

In the world of mission-critical networks, the very idea that you may be ‘playing a hunch’ when it comes to investigating a service-affecting issue likely would be met with utter derision. The pressure is to provide confident answers to critical questions; what happened, who was affected and how long will it take to resolve. This can be daunting especially when the air is thick with accusations and the ‘interested parties’ trending towards ‘C-level’ can be insurmountable.

Of course, the truth is that playing educated hunches lies at the very heart of network troubleshooting.  It is only after following and discarding a number of possibilities that you can exonerate yourself in what is known as the mean-time-to-innocence.

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Endace and Cisco ISE: rooting out fraudulent network activity

Original Entry by : Sonny Singh

There is something both cathartic and caustic whenever the term “ice” is added onto something of cultural and artistic value. Let’s see, you have hip hop artists like Ice-T and Ice Cube who rapped about social injustice and the hardships of poverty. Then you have this generation’s iconoclast,  Vanilla Ice (nee’ Robert Matthew Van Winkle) who let us know it was perfectly fine to “play that funky music” when you had a rough day or that humming “Ice Ice Baby” to your newly born child while rocking him to sleep didn’t constitute you as being strange.

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Securing the Evidence of Network Threat Propagation

Original Entry by : Matt Walmsley

“Spot the bad guys, stop the bad guys,” are rational and valid goals when it comes to securing your network. In fact, many organisations commit the majority of their security resources and investment to defense and detection, often by deploying automated technologies and solutions. But by their very nature, such solutions focus on protecting against known vulnerabilities and threats, have little context of your own network and can’t be a complete security solution.

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How to Keep Sochi From Sucking Up Bandwidth

Original Entry by : Mike Heumann

The Sochi Winter Olympics are officially underway, and as you may have seen, NBC will once again be providing viewers access to live streaming in a multitude of mediums. On the NBC Olympics page, computer users can enter their cable or digital television provider personal user name and password and watch live video of the events. Mobile viewers can also download the free NBC Live Extra App. The iPhone, Droid and iPad app will have live and recorded events, and on demand HD video.  And for the first time, NBC Universal will stream video on Facebook as part of a partnership deal with the social media giant.

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Let it (Net)Flow…

Original Entry by : Matt Walmsley

NetFlow as a network monitoring and statics technology is not new. To make it work, you need to sample the network and generate NetFlow records, which are sent to a NetFlow collector software application for analysis. NetFlow has been widely adopted and many organisations have invested time and money in learning how to use NetFlow tools to help their network operations teams understand how their network is performing and what is creating fluctuations in traffic.

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We didn’t think Splunk could do DPI. Our testing proved it can!

Original Entry by : Endace

By: Alistair Meakin, MarQuest

As a certified Splunk partner, and provider of network operations and security consultancy, MarQuest has extensive knowledge of the benefits Splunk brings to network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) teams. Curious about the Endace Fusion Connector for Splunk, we completed an independent evaluation of it to assess its usability and benefits. By installing, deploying and using the application, we looked for answers to the following questions:

  • Is the application likely to add value to IT operations?
  • How usable is the application?

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Starting 2014 with a bang (and a new EndaceProbe release)!

Original Entry by : Endace

The beginning of any new year is the perfect time to build upon the positive momentum of its predecessor and what better way to start than with the new EndaceProbe™ Network Recorder EP5.1.3 release which does exactly that!

Whilst there’s too much to cover in this blog alone, I’ve focused on some of the key additions to our network visibility tool EndaceVision ™ to give a flavour of the new capabilities that this release brings.

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Standing Up for Security

Original Entry by : Matt Walmsley

Earlier this month, I enjoyed some time working with LAN Assistans, our Nordic partner, as we co-exhibited at Nordic IT Security 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. As part of our participation package, we had a short “open mic” session over lunch to talk about our security topic of choice.  Being stripped of my familiar presentation support aids like PowerPoint slides and asked to just stand up and talk really focused my mind (and increased my adrenaline levels!).

I often hear our team talk about our network recording and visualization solutions’ technical innovations, performance and features. In truth, Endace solutions have grown up from a DNA of engineering excellence, so it’s not so surprising that we love talking about our great technology! But for this open mic session, I thought I’d take a different approach and think about what our solutions enable our customers to do…here is a snippet of my “open mic” session:

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