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Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
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moarsauce123
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9/14/2013 | 2:21:29 PM
re: Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
Dell needs to drastically improve product and service quality and lower prices. Currently they sell overpriced junk that was the life span of a fruit fly and their services are no real help. There is a reason why Dell is in a rough spot and it was not being a publicly traded company.
Laurianne
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9/14/2013 | 12:28:54 PM
re: Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
Dell's strategy via acquisitions for the past few years has been to buy companies that make technologies that appeal to mid-market CIOs. The theory was woo the mid-market CIOs first, then woo the larger enterprises. I wonder if Michael Dell will stick with that approach now.
Michael Endler
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9/13/2013 | 8:40:13 PM
re: Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
Good point. That's the way Michael Dell is looking at it, certainly. The markets in which Dell wants to compete are "hard," but I think you're right: Michael Dell has a plan that he's been thinking about for a long time, and now he can throw it into action unencumbered. As much as it's hard, I can see why you'd also call it "easy."
D. Henschen
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9/13/2013 | 6:32:55 PM
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So to some degree, now comes "the easy part" because the company doesn't have to operate under a microscope. Dell (the executive) just has to execute plans he has probably had in mind for a long time. He clearly thought all that through and concluded his planned called for actions that wouldn't fly with stockholders.
Michael Endler
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9/13/2013 | 5:27:37 AM
re: Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
I hope it does. Michael Dell is one of the wealthiest men in the world and could have done a lot of things at this point in his life. Politics, philanthropy, sailing the world in a yacht-- pretty much anything. He chose to spend billions of his own dollars to buy out a company that faces a lot of tough odds. That either speaks to hubris, conviction or both. But I think he's committed to turning it around, and that he wouldn't have taken the company private if he didn't think he could do it.
Michael Endler
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9/13/2013 | 5:21:19 AM
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Agreed. Wall Street doesn't have the patience that tech companies sometimes need. Even a company as rich as Microsoft faces substantial unrest when it doesn't hit certain numbers. Dell doesn't have a Microsoft-sized fortune to cover failed experiments, so given the radical changes Michael Dell is still making, I can see why he wants no part of Wall Street.
Drew Conry-Murray
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9/12/2013 | 10:30:48 PM
re: Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
I think Wall Street can pressure companies into making bad decisions because of the Street's myopic focus on quarterly earnings. I hope this experiment works. If so, I wonder if other companies would follow suit.
RobPreston
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9/12/2013 | 7:32:38 PM
re: Michael Dell Wins: Now The Hard Part
Say this much for Dell: It's making moves. It's long past the denial stage and is in full turnaround mode. But the freedom now to make longer-term decisions doesn't necessarily mean it will make the right long-term decisions. Let's hope it all comes together.


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