Dell's founder and CEO Michael Dell has been speaking to press and analysts at the vendor's EMEA Solutions Conference in Vienna today - here's his full intro talk.
"I’m really pleased to be here. We’ve been in Europe in 28 of the 31 years our company has been around. It’s a very important region for us, and the partner summit is one of the most important meetings in Dell. We’ve had really fabulous growth in our partner program in the last few years as we’ve been focused on building more solutions, partners have become increasingly important in delivering those to a wide set of customers," he said.
"At Dell over the last several years, going private has been a great thing for our company. We’ve been able to focus 100 per cent on our customers, we’ve had eleven quarters in a row gaining share in our client business, we continue to gain share in our server business, we’ve had record customer loyalty scores. We’ve had record high scores in our employee/team member engagement.
"And you probably saw some news recently about an announcement to acquire EMC and control of VMware to further accelerate our ability to bring solutions to customers.
"So what is this all about? If you think about the four big pillars of IT of today – servers, storage, virtualisation and PCs – our new company will absolutely be a leader in all of those key parts of the IT of today.
"In addition, our company will be a leader in the IT of tomorrow, which we think of as the third platform. This is what a lot of our customers are thinking about: ‘How do I transform my business?’ Digital transformation. The software-defined datacentre. Converged infrastructure. Hybrid cloud, mobile and security."
Michael Dell added: "We do all of this with a company that has unmatched reach, with the largest customers in the world, all the way down to the smallest ones in every country in the world (except for the two or three we’re not allowed to sell into), a company with over $80 billion in revenues, with unmatched scale, strength and innovation and supply chain.
"And a company that’s a leader in 22 Gartner magic quadrants – well ahead of any other company. All as a privately controlled company not focused on the 90-day shot clock public companies often find themselves hyper obsessed with.
"I’m very excited about what we’re able to do for our customers as this combination comes together."
You can check out more of what Michael had to say specifically to PCR on our website in the coming days, and in the next issue of PCR magazine