Dell Looks to Keep Execs, Bolster Workers During Buyout Process

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-04-25 Print this article Print

“We will have private investors that share our strategic vision and are willing to see it through, even if it means making some tough trade-offs today to position us for success down the road,” Dell said. “If we were to remain a public company, I believe it would be more difficult to move fast and aggressively because of the short-term focus of the market. The fact is, we can’t afford not to continue investing for the future when you look at the opportunity ahead for us and our customers.”

He noted that Dell has spent $10 billion over the past several years acquiring companies to build up its capabilities in such areas as networking, storage, software and services. The key differentiators for the company are that, unlike competitors, it doesn’t have legacy systems or technologies it needs to protect—freeing it up to pursue new technologies and solutions, he said. In addition, Dell is keeping a focus on what the CEO said is midmarket that is vastly underserved by other vendors.

“The world is headed in our direction toward modern, open, scalable architectures, and there are no plans to alter the strategy,” Michael Dell wrote.

At the same time, despite the struggling global market, he reiterated that PCs are still a key part of Dell’s business plan, noting the company’s market share growth in PC shipments in the first quarter.

“PCs are an important business for us and an important tool for our customers,” Michael Dell wrote. “There is still opportunity in PCs. The global PC installed base is roughly a billion-and-a-half, and millions of people in emerging markets continue to come online every week. Overwhelmingly, PCs are still how business gets done around the world. We are fine tuning and investing in our business to innovate and compete more aggressively where growth is happening.”


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