Re: Dell World mood
Great question, Laurie. Generally, I think the mood was positive. I think a lot of customers appreciate that Dell wants to make the cloud more accessible and user-friendly but doesn't have a dog in the infrastructure and ecosystem fights in the same sense that some rival companies do. As Matthew elaborated in his post in this thread, many of Michael Dell's jabs at IBM and HP referenced this theme-- that Dell is interested in helping customers manage whatever services they happen to purchase from Microsoft, Amazon, Joyent, etc, whereas some others are interested in pushing people to one service or another. That said, I got the sense from some people at larger companies that many of the sessions that seemed interesting ended up being more SMB-focused than they'd like. But I think that's probably a case-by-case observations. I also got the sense that the smaller companies didn't see some of the big data ideas discussed as immediately applicable (i.e. next 1-2 years) to their businesses, for example. Most attendees seemed to like that Michael Dell seemed so confident, even smug at points. I talked to a few people who didn't have any negative comments, per se, but who felt the conference was only "okay"-- e.g. full of evolutionary advances, but not necessarily anything that blew their minds.