Why Michael Dell Can Afford to Be Bolder as a Private Owner

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-05-22 Print this article Print
Michael Dell

Dell Moving Toad Development Into Analytics

Because data is very industry-specific by nature, Dell said, "you need these kinds of modules in a vertical sense, and we've got quite a lot of that built up. The combination of the enormous Toad user base, which has about a million users—in fact, it's part of the curriculum at some large universities—well, put those together, and you've got a great platform.

"We're also moving this into the new databases—Hadoop, MongoDB," he continued. "I met with the team [in Aliso Viejo, Calif.] that's working on this yesterday, and they have this fantastic relationship with the users. The beta program releases new code all the time, and they actively listen to users," he said.

This type of software development and relationship with the development community is relatively new to Dell, which is pinning a substantial part of its future on non-hardware products and services.

"We've built a substantial software business, with [former CA CEO] John Swainson running it, across systems management, automation, information management like Toad and [software-as-a-service integrator] Boomi," Dell said. "We're seeing Boomi continue on a very, very fast growth rate—darn near 100 percent year over year. The problem it solves is a problem that everybody has: How do I connect any-to-any, old-to-new, cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-legacy?  We're seeing companies of all shapes and sizes use Boomi.

"We're doing roughly half a trillion connections per month now. It's used as an integral part of a lot of what goes on in the world today."

Dell, a longtime eWEEK and PC Week reader, said that if he had a single message to eWEEK readers, it would be that his company simply wants to be the prime choice for users in order "to make IT simpler and easier to use than anybody else."

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Chris Preimesberger is editor of features and analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz


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