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Dell Goes Private: What's Next?
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SMP
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2/5/2013 | 9:10:59 PM
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Hmmm.... looks like Dell is the next Nokia - and look what happened to Nokia when they took Microsoft's $1 billion per year and started running Nokia for the benefit of Microsoft rather than the benefit of Nokia.
FritzNelson
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2/5/2013 | 9:34:38 PM
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I'm not sure I see it as you do SMP. I think that Dell has made some fairly strategic moves, investing in a more diverse set of capabilities with IT in mind, especially at the SMB (small-to-medium business) level. Time will tell if those were smart decisions, but Dell would have been cooked if they had stood still, and arguably they've had some modest success in areas like storage and networking. I don't think the investment community appreciated these moves, and I think having to gauge and manage investor reaction can be a distraction, especially with so many new moving pieces, and complex new areas to conquer. Mind you, I'm not predicting success or failure, just suggesting that customer focus, rather than investor focus, will likely help fuel the success side of that equation.
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2/5/2013 | 10:44:37 PM
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I'm sure MS is getting something for its money, but we'll just have to see what that is.
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2/6/2013 | 4:26:29 AM
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One would have to wonder if Microsoft teaming up with Dell is the two of them trying to build an organization to compete with the Oracle/Sun combination.

Given that the "big three" PC manufacturers are Dell, HP and Lenovo, this opportunity couldn't have come at a better time for Microsoft. HP's, by all accounts, an unglorified smoking mess internally and dealing with Lenovo would end up to some degree getting IBM involved (my assumption). By helping Dell go private again, Microsoft gets something in return - and given how much emphasis Dell is putting on their cloud services these days, I'm thinking that they're attempting to give their separate cloud platforms more gravitas.

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2/10/2013 | 7:28:19 AM
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Many of Dell's competitors (China, Japan, Korea; Lenovo, Samsung, [Apple]) work towards long term goals with ownership that understands that. Wall Street is a craps shoot with faddish financing trends and quarterly whims. Wall Street rewards losers like Dimon; then lowers Dell's prospects because the Server and PC are dead. Seagate went private when "storage will be dead" was the mantra: and storage is not dead and Seagate did better than public companies when stocks rollercoastered. Microsoft? Dell's recent purchases (except maybe Sonicwall) are all addons to MS products. Dell is the most common single brand in SMBs, a partner Microsoft doesn't want to lose. Besides MS has the cash and it will probably make money. Chrome? HP did well with WebOS, didn't it? HP doesn't need MS $$$ but an infusion of intelligence to their board. Lenovo is backed by the Communist Chinese government.


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