Friday, 08 September 2017 10:33

Dell Technologies turns one


Dell Technologies is celebrating the anniversary of its formation through the merger of Dell and EMC.

Three years after returning Dell to private ownership in 2013, founder Michael Dell announced at EMC World 2016 that the business resulting from the then-proposed merger of Dell and EMC would be called Dell Technologies.

A few months later the combined company was up and running, and a lot has happened in its first year.

After a series of divestitures, the Dell Technologies businesses are Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware.

Around US$9.5 billion of debt has been repaid.

The unified salesforce has added 10,000 new business customers to the Dell EMC portfolio, and have succeeded in cross-selling to organisations that were previously buying from Dell or EMC, but not both.

GE has signed a multi-year commitment making Dell its primary IT infrastructure supplier. This is said to be one of the largest non-government contracts in Dell Technologies, Dell or EMC history.

On IDC figures, Dell EMC PowerEdge servers became the leading x86 server by volume, Dell EMC is the leading converged systems and all-flash provider.

New products have been launched across the portfolio, including workstations, laptops, servers, storage (ScaleIO and Data Domain), converged infrastructure, and networking.

The company invests US$4.5 billion in R&D annually, and through Dell Technologies Capital has put US$100 million into startups in areas including artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, genomics and others through Dell Technologies Capital.

"We set the bar high and exceeded our own expectations," said Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive of Dell Technologies.

"We've made enormous strides this past year in serving the needs of our customers, from governments to fast-growing small businesses to many of the world's largest enterprises who call Dell Technologies their most strategic IT partner. And we're just getting started."

The joint leaders of Dell EMC in Australia and New Zealand — enterprise leader Mark Fioretto, and commercial and public sector leader Angela Fox — said: "Dell EMC's success in Australia and New Zealand has been made possible by the dedication of our team members and strong partnerships with our customers and partners.

"This year alone, we've been privileged to work with our customers on high profile and exciting digital transformation projects including; building technology that will revolutionise the banking industry, leveraging IoT to make businesses more efficient and profitable, and even developing supercomputers to enable the development of the bionic eye and prove Einstein's theory of relativity.

"This is just the beginning of our journey and we're excited with what the future holds for us and our customers."

The Baker Institute, Burnet Institute and Centre for Eye Research Australia chief technology officer Ian Briggs said "We have partnered with both Dell and EMC over a number of years. With the formation of Dell EMC, we now have a strong relationship with a single, strategic partner that understands our requirements and can support us through our digital transformation journey. We have grown with Dell EMC and we hope to continue to do this in the future."

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