Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thoughts on Dell EMC

Day 1 of Dell Technologies and Dell EMC has come and gone and we're happily living the reality of what has transpired. Here's what this means to me personally, right here in Utah:
  • Dell Family - It is more than a little interesting to think that I work for a privately-held family business. Of course, that's because the business happens to be the largest privately-held information technology company in the world! But the fact that it is owned in large part by Michael Dell himself and that he talks about the Dell Technologies portfolio of companies as a "family" is part of what what makes it so unique. It also is nice to have met with Michael and his wife here in Utah. They made me feel like part of the "family."
  • A series of fortunate events - I initially resisted EMC's offer to acquire Mozy. I selfishly wanted a bigger exit for myself personally. I didn't have some of the perspective and the patience that I have now. Looking back, I'm very glad that I saw the benefit for our little company and my team members. And fortunately, I have been thoroughly engaged and energized by the events over the last 9 years. Now, with the 11-month process of EMC's acquisition and subsequent combination with Dell behind us, I can say that I enthusiastically supported the decision all the way along that journey. And now I look forward to another engaging and energizing chapter in the journey. 
  • Diversity & inclusion - This is one of the things that I appreciated about EMC and now it is something which I also appreciate about Dell. Not only are the people themselves diverse, but the very business is diverse. From consumers and small businesses to the world's largest enterprises and governments. From software running in the Cloud to hardware sitting on your desk or in a data center. From Publicly-traded companies to privately-held companies. From R&D investments in organic growth to multi-billion dollar acquisitions. No matter how you slice it, Dell Technologies is a diverse & inclusive family. 
Cheers to all of my new brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.! 

Me at the recent #GoBigWinBig #DellTechnologies launch party

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