After a bitter $24.9 billion battle to go private, a reorg putting a raft of new faces in Dell's executive lineup and recent server share losses to rival Hewlett-Packard, Dell World is shaping up to be a seminal event for the Dell partners hungry to learn what's next for a new Dell in 2014.
Dell World, which kicks off Wednesday in Austin, Texas, is expected to bring together 6,000 participants ranging from hundreds of executives, dozens of partner companies and 500 channel partners, according to Dell. The official agenda, which encompasses cloud computing, big data, security, BYOD and social networking, will likely have to take a back seat to more pressing partner questions.
"It's perfect timing for Dell World. They went private in October, they had a reorg in November, and now they get to answer all their partners' questions at Dell World," said Bob Venero, CEO of Future Tech, a Holbrook, N.Y.-based Dell partner.