Navigating What Was Likely EMC's Last Great Show
In times past, EMC World was the place to be to get the latest word on EMC programs and solutions. EMC World 2016 had some of that. But the main talk revolved around the pending acquisition of EMC by former partner, former rival, and future owner Dell. That acquisition, if it closes as planned, will make this the last EMC World run by EMC as an independent company, although Dell has promised there will be an EMC World 2017.
The acquisition is not expected to close until later this year, which under SEC regulations means the two are still treated as competitors and cannot publicly discuss post-merger plans. Therefore, Dell had a light presence at EMC World, with Dell Chairman Michael Dell giving the main keynote and a couple of Dell executives addressing customers and partners to reassure them that all's well.
A large industry event usually has a lot going on outside the normal headlines, and EMC World 2016 was no exception. From partner meetings, to booth roaming, to Michael Dell sightings, there were plenty of opportunities to enjoy the conference.
For a look behind the headlines, turn the page and revisit EMC World 2016 one last time with CRN.