Dell Technologies Chairman and CEO Michael Dell is sending a message that his namesake company believes deeply in the power of technology to make the world a better place, but he's also intimately familiar with the cold hard realities of the global IT market and how the industry behemoth fits into it.
In a Q&A with global press and analysts during the Dell Technologies World conference Monday in Las Vegas, Dell reinforced his argument that Dell Technologies' position as the largest IT infrastructure player in the world gives it an especially advantageous position in leading-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and 5G.
It's been a little more than a year-and-a-half since Dell architected the largest buy-out in the history of the IT industry with the acquisition of data storage giant EMC. Since then, Dell said, the company has exceeded revenue expectations, while steadily paying down debt and continually developing its portfolio.
The company in February said it would consider an IPO, or a reverse merger with VMware, which is part of the Dell Technologies family of companies. Dell Monday, though, was not keen to elaborate on those considerations.
What follows is an edited excerpt of Dell's Q&A with reporters and analysts.