Weeks after closing the historic $58 billion acquisition of EMC, Dell Technologies took to the streets of Austin, TX October 18-20, 2016 to hold the very first (and last) Dell EMC World event in the Live Music Capital of the World. Dell invited me to participate, and it truly was an enlightening experience.
Instead of keeping it weird like we do in Austin, Dell EMC World was all about "Let the Transformation Begin." During this event, so many things were transforming beyond the combination of Dell and EMC itself. And Michael Dell and other executives took to the stage during the keynote presentations, exuding confidence and enthusiasm about the current state and future direction of the now behemoth company that is Dell EMC -- and they took the audience along for the ride on this journey.
Unfortunately, this will be the last time Dell EMC World will be held in Austin, a city that has been the home of Dell World since the show's inception back in 2011. With the addition of EMC and everything that comes along with it, the event seems to have outgrown our fair city. So instead, the new company will take the show on the road next year, bringing the convention to Las Vegas, the location of prior EMC World events. According to buzz at the show, this new incarnation will be held in Las Vegas for the foreseeable future. In fact, there's no delay as the next event is already planned for May of 2017 at the Venetian.
If you missed last week's show, you did miss a great event. From the keynote sessions, to the 30 plus hands-on labs, to the more than 100 breakout sessions, to the expo show floor, to the Austin food trucks and local cuisine, to the entertainment and more. Dell EMC World did what it needed to do, provide audience members with the tools needed to transform the data center, security, workforce and business.
The Dell team should be commended for doing a fantastic job of pulling everything together while the largest IT acquisition in the world was happening around them.
Here's a quick video montage of the event by VMblog to see what you may have missed. Enjoy!