On Thursday, December 12th and Friday, December 13th, Dell hosted a large number of customers, partners, and influencers at our annual Dell World event in Austin, TX. This year’s event had an overarching entrepreneurial and purpose-driven theme focused on Dell innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit that has been infused into the company as a private entity.

The event kicked off with insights from Michael Dell who was joined by entrepreneur, CEO of Tesla Motors and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk and ended with a panel of entrepreneurs sharing their start-up success stories. Close to 100 breakout sessions and an interactive Solutions Showcase highlighted technology solutions that are helping organizations connect their devices, transform their datacenters, protect their data, and inform their organizations through data analysis. Recordings of all the content can be accessed by visiting dellworld.com/liveonline.

During the event, we announced a number of key strategic partnerships with cloud-based solutions providers such as Dropbox and Red Hat. In addition, we expanded our Dell Cloud Partner Program to include CenturyLink, Google and Microsoft. We also announced we are teaming with Accenture to jointly deliver cloud and security solutions and application management services to mid-market and select enterprise customers.

Encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and continued innovation, Dell Ventures expanded its $60 million Dell Fluid Data Storage Fund with a $300 million Strategic Innovation Venture Fund, re-focusing the initial investment scope beyond storage and enabling Dell to invest in early-to-growth-stage companies in emerging technology areas including storage, cloud computing, big data, next-generation data center, security and mobility. A full list of all of the recent product news releases can be found on our IR website in the Financial News tab.

Overall, reaction from those in attendance was positive. The event clearly illustrated some of the key steps and proof points of success in our effort to be the leading provider of end-to-end scalable solutions.

 As always, we welcome your feedback.

David