Dell hosted at least 3 varied events (that I know of) in New York last week. In terms of the future, the most important was its “IQT Day”…IQT is the acronym-progeny of IoT and IQ (“Making Things Smarter” as Dell expands it). You know that something matters when it is launched with both a new term and a new acronym.
Dell was putting a stake in the ground (and a new internal organization, and indeed a decent amount of launch marketing dollars) behind the notion that the next wave of IT is really all about the intelligent integration – and optimized ‘farming’ - of edge and cloud. The pun in the title of this blog therefore refers to the attitude of not only Dell, but also the organizations it seeks to serve.
Take a look at this video here, where I capture some more thoughts about the IQT Day, as well as (with my colleague Jason Buffington) some comments from the Analyst Summit that followed.
Thanks for watching. Of course, nothing about IQT or anything else from last week’s session should be taken as changing Dell’s overriding focus on Digital Transformation, which drives and is supported by, IT Transformation. Dell was simply adding more to the foundation and structure of the Transformation building. Perhaps Michael Dell’s point that IT is becoming BT (Business Technology) is the phrase worth repeating here, as that move (at least from the usage and consumption perspectives) from IT as technology to IT as genuine business tool is really what all this is about.