The most recent of these is Dell’s acquisition of EMC. Dell and EMC would have us believe that this $67 Billion (yes, Billion ) acquisition is going to be great for both companies and significantly expand Dell’s offerings which will, in turn, be good for you, their customers.
“Group think” (which, according to Wikipedia, is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome) comes to mind when I consider this acquisition.
Think HP’s acquisition of Compaq and AOL’s acquisition of Time Warner when considering the possibility that this acquisition will be successful. These two acquisitions did not end up delivering enhanced customer value, and neither one was saddled with the amount of debt that Dell Technologies (the new name for Dell + EMC) will have. Twenty Billion! Such a large number is hard for most of us to wrap our minds around.
We can, however, relate to the behavior changes that sudden large debt causes. When you got your first mortgage you likely didn’t buy that new car or didn’t go on that European vacation. These were conscious delayed decisions to ensure you were comfortable making your house payments. Imagine the delayed decisions Dell is going to have to make.
I am guessing that you are just like most storage management professionals that I have dealt with over the years, you are pretty risk adverse. Meaning you don’t take unnecessary chances with your company’s data. Don’t assume staying the course with Dell or EMC is the safe decision; there are just too many things in motion.
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