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Dell lays out software strategy

Agam Shah | June 14, 2012
Dell outlined its software strategy on Wednesday, casting the growing business as a secondary, but key, component to the company's enterprise product offerings in the long run.

Mobile-device management software attaches well to mobile devices and provides a great opportunity for Dell to sell higher-margin products, Swainson said. Dell said it hopes to ship new consumer and business tablets with the Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 OS. Microsoft has not yet announced a release date for the OS, but it is expected to come sometime later this year.

Other software areas being explored by Dell include analytics and business intelligence software, around which the company can build specific integrated appliances and servers, Swainson said. Dell already offers Quickstart data-warehousing appliances, which comes standard with Boomi software, to connect public cloud services and on-premise applications. Boomi is also key to Dell's pursuit of application service delivery functionality in a SaaS model, which Swainson said is being targeting at the untapped market outside the U.S.


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