I’ve not posted much of late as I’m working on a lot of back office and process stuff, but still working in Dell Software Group. I recently attended the annual Dell Patent Award dinner where I was able to catch up with Michael Dell and my boss, John Swainson as well as a few other executives, as well many of the great innovators and inventors.
My former boss and Dell Vice President, Gerry Hackett made an interesting point in her remarks prior to doing the roll call for her team at the dinner, she said to the effect that Dell was going to be the only integrated solution provider. I was surprised, but thinking it through she was right.
When I saw this customer story about San Bernardino County School district, I thought it was worth linking here.
Michael Dell announced this morning that John Swainson will join Dell to head up our new software group. John was one of the key executives at IBM in the creation and drive behind IBM’s Application and Integration Middleware division.
In the new world of cloud, massive scale datacenters, and the growing importance of mixed private/public cloud demand, it will be very interesting to see where John and the Exec team want to take the software group. Here is the formal press announcement from Corporate comms.
In an indirectly related announcement from earlier in the week, Dave Johnson, our Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, announced that we were again going to expand our Silicon Valley software and R&D development and investments following our acquisitions of Force10, Scalent and many others. Marketwatch has a useful summary of Daves’ comments.