Weekly Recap: Dell in the News – March 16th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, your guide to the week's Dell-related news and happenings. 

Story of the Week

Dell to Acquire SonicWall to Expand Network-Security Tools Businessweek – March 13, 2012
Dell Inc. (DELL), the world’s third- largest maker of personal computers, agreed to buy SonicWall Inc. to gain network-security and data-protection tools, paying a price that analysts peg at between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.

Other Dell News

Inside Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook CRN – March 15, 2012
We've looked at about a half-dozen Ultrabook devices here in the CRN Test Center, and Dell's XPS 13 is the cream of the crop. It's super-fast, wafer-thin, light as a feather, and is ready for business the moment its user is.

Dell announces new storage trade-in program targeting EMC, NetApp customers eChannel Line – March 14, 2012
Dell has announced a new financing program to make it easier to encourage customers to migrate from EMC and NetApp legacy storage products to Dell storage arrays.

Who's Afraid of Cloud Integration? Not SMBs, It Seems IT Business Edge – March 13, 2012
Small and midsize businesses aren’t just embracing they cloud; they’re also embracing the challenge of integrating with the cloud, according to a recent survey of 450 U.S. companies of 50-999 employees.

Reverse mentoring WM Magazine – March 13, 2012
How do you get majority male boards to understand the issues facing women attempting to rise up the career ladder? One way is to reverse the mentoring process and have female middle managers mentor senior male managers.

Dell working on cloudy analytics apps The Register – March 12, 2012
If you have a multi-billion dollar business selling servers and PCs directly to small and medium businesses, what happens when companies start shifting some of their computing needs to the cloud? You shift from being a manufacturer of IT gear to being a maker of cloudy systems and applications and a reseller of cloudy wares where you don't have products.

Dell powers up to give enterprises the edge TechCentral – March 12, 2012
DELL has launched its new portfolio of blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers to meet the demands of a changing enterprise environment.

Aussie Dell boss says IT business transition on track Computerworld – March 9, 2012
Dell’s move in becoming a services-oriented company from a pure-play hardware provider is on track, according to the company’s Aussie managing director.

Making Connections at SXSW: Startup America and Endeavor Inc. – March 9, 2012
Over 60 entrepreneurs attended a pre-South by Southwest (SXSW) event Wednesday called the Entrepreneur's Unconferencence.  The gathering of global entrepreneurs, hosted by Dell, was an unformatted event; The participants created the agenda, made panels on issues that affect their business, and shared best practices with their peers.

Dell's Dave Johnson looks to perfect deal execution The Deal – March 9, 2012
In the relatively short time since Dave Johnson left IBM Corp. to join Dell Inc. in late 2009, he's more than tripled the size of the company's M&A playbook. It now has well over 1,000 pages in nine different modules that the senior vice president of corporate strategy says relate to "different workloads in integration." The size of the rule book, and the focus on integration, speaks to Johnson's determination to beat the high odds of M&A failure that dogs megadeals in technology.

Dell Press Releases

Popular Direct2 Dell Posts

Industry Quotes & Insight

“The XPS 13 is fast, thin and light, and it winks instantly to life the moment its razor-thin lid is opened for business.” – Edward J. Correia, CRN

“It is a lot easier to start a business today than ever before. Now these tools [such as cloud applications and remotely-managed computing infrastructure] are enabling great businesses to become much larger and much faster.” – Michael Dell Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Dell

"Seventy percent of acquisitions theoretically don't work, and when they don't succeed it's usually around execution, not strategy. I believe an acquisition is like everything else we've learned in our careers, only it's everything at once." – Dave Johnson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Dell

 “Great experience at #GEC2012. I always walk away from spending time with entrepreneurs with a renewed energy and purpose.” – Steve Felice, President and Chief Commercial officer, Dell

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