The first-ever, sold-out Dell World conference took place this week in Austin, TX with a theme of “Unlocking Innovation in the Virtual Era.”
Dell World featured an impressive roster of keynotes, including Dell Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell; Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer; Intel President and CEO, Paul Otellini; and former Chief Information Officer of the United States, Vivek Kundra.
Highlights of the Michael Dell keynote included mentions of the Social Media Listening Command Center, two of which were at Dell World, and how the line between IT and the business is going away.
Michael Dell also spoke about how Dell is not just a PC company, but an end-to-end solutions company, and how their acquisitions, such as Equallogic, KACE, Boomi, Scalent, Compellent, and Force10 are companies that solve customer pain.
It was impressive with this economy to hear that Dell’s earnings per share have grown over 83% over the past year, they have over 100,000 partners, and they are investing $1 Billion in secure cloud.
Dell World also had opportunities to discuss a wide array of topics in their Idea Exchange breakout sessions, such as Convergence of End-Point Devices, Innovation In Virtual Storage Infrastructure, and Enabling Innovation Through The Cloud.
Plus, there was an exhibition area with interactive discussions and a chance to learn more about solutions.
My inner 7-year-old got excited to see the Formula One car they had on display.
Great event and I look forward to next year.