Michael Dell focuses on data opportunity at Dell World

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 06 November 2014
Michael Dell focuses on data opportunity at Dell World

Just a year on since Michael Dell took his company private, and the CEO said that Dell is better positioned than ever before to “focus on the future.” “It’s unleashed us, allowed us to be bold, and refined our focus squarely on our customers’ success,” he said.

Speaking at Dell World, which is taking place this week, Dell described how the power of technology is allowing us to accelerate our ability to address the world’s biggest challenges and, more specifically, how his company is positioned to drive “radical simplification and innovation from the PC to the data centre to the cloud.”

“The forces of cloud, big data, mobile and social are advancing human progress more quickly and more fundamentally than at any time in human history,” he said. “We have never been in a better position to invent the future than right now.”

As he explained how his company will innovate in these areas and where it will be focusing its efforts in the coming months and years, the CEO highlighted four key trends that he believes will define the IT industry and business strategies in the years to come:

The internet of things is set to revolutionise everything we do. “At the other end of these incredible powerful, and efficient data centre is the world of connected devices, and connect is our next imperative,” said Dell. “As the number of nodes goes from 1 billion to 100 billion, we need to connect machines to machines, people to people, people to machines, and everyone to the information they need.”

PCs are here to stay. “There are 1.8 billion PCs out there that are deeply embedded in the infrastructure of how our world works, and about 350 million PCs are sold every year,” said Dell. “Through the exponential power of Moore’s Law, PCs are getting an order-of-magnitude better, more powerful, smaller, lighter and more affordable.” IDC data from the most recent quarter showed that overall industry unit shipments in the US grew 4.3%. And Dell’s US shipments grew 19.7%. In the CEO’s own words, “the PC business is rocking!”

Data is a huge business opportunity. “I’m not just talking about big data, but about big results and big outcomes: big productivity, big advantage, big growth,” said Dell. “That’s the data economy and it is the next trillion dollar opportunity for our industry and yours.”

Security remains a top concern for every business. “Our security approach is built on three foundational imperatives – protect, comply and enable,” said Dell. “First, protect the whole enterprise, from end to end, inside and out. Second, comply with internal governance policies and external regulations using a consistent, reliable approach that doesn’t compromise business agility. Third, enable business to thrive, including adopting new tech and pursuing innovation and operational efficiency.”

Looking to the future, Dell said that data is our most “important natural resource” and that open, cloud-based technologies are “the infrastructure – the bridges, airports and railroads, the labs, clinics and universities.” “Together, we are inventing this future,” he said, “and we’re doing it at scale.”

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