Working from Another Branch of Bamboo

With an extensive team residing in the largest city of Vietnam, the Bamboo office in Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) is a bustling, cross-cultural mirror of Bamboo's Reston headquarters.  It is both distinctly Bamboo and Vietnamese at the same time.  The office in HCM loves its coffee, loves to wear its Bamboo shirts, and more importantly loves to eat! Give me a few days here and it will feel just like Virginia. Well, almost.

Traffic in HCM is probably the most astounding difference for me. With transportation based primarily around motorbikes and scooters, the best word that I can give for it is "utter chaos". Lanes are negligible, horns are for saying hello, and crossing four-lane roads of oncoming traffic is simply a matter of walking slowly through it (just don't stop until you're at the other side). I also highly underestimated the role fish sauce plays in Vietnamese cuisine. It can go on everything from spring rolls, soups, vegetables, to fruit.

Culture shock aside, it's a strange and comforting feeling to sit in a meeting, not knowing a word of what's going on except for the occasional "PM Central …. ", "….. Task Master", and the numerous other names of our products that are currently being created and improved. With the ability to work remotely and to collaborate using SharePoint, our two offices can function seamlessly despite our cultural and language differences. Occasionally talking in person requires more hand gestures than words, but opening up Notepad and typing it out usually does the trick.

The Bamboo office in HCM has integrated their love of karaoke and group sports into the Bamboo work culture. Every week there are two games of soccer and a game of badminton against internal teams or other company groups, reminding me that soccer is probably the most beloved sport everywhere but the US. It seems that Bamboo men play soccer or think about soccer in every moment of spare time. Once the work day is over, the computers are shut off and everybody either congregates for a raucous game of foosball, or for online soccer.

I look forward to spending my remaining time here in Vietnam; I'm sure that it will go by too quickly.

All SharePoint Versions

The web parts are functional components that extend your SharePoint environment whether it’s hosted, on-premises, or part of Microsoft® Office 365.

SharePoint 2013, 2016, 2019, Online (Office 365)

On-Premises Only

These web parts extend SharePoint beyond its out-of-the-box capabilities by tailoring it to your requirements with Bamboo Solution’s growing portfolio of SharePoint Web Parts.

SharePoint 2013, 2016, 2019

SharePoint

Product Suites

Experience greater power and savings by bundling our SharePoint apps and web parts.


Essentials Suite


Essentials Plus Suite


Bamboo Premier Suite


Project Management Suite


Knowledge Management Suite


External User Manager


 

For more information on our product suites, contact us.

Featured Services

SharePoint Health Check

A SharePoint Health Check will identify the causes of issues and risks associated with your specific environment, and is custom tailored to provide you with the best recommendations to optimize your SharePoint environment.

SQL Health Check

Document recommendations relating to performance, stability, availability, or a specific focus you request of your SQL Server database instances.

My SharePointXperts

The truth is that each SharePoint skill may not be a full time job for many organizations, and it is nearly impossible for one person to do everything you need – so augment your team with SharePointXperts; providing the skill sets you need when you need them!