Dell has been acquiring firms with regularity, such as data technology firm Compellent last year for $800 million, and SecureWorks, a security firm, for an undisclosed price earlier this year. The company is also increasing its research-and-development efforts.
Another conference attendee is Paul Aldridge, the CIO of Genomic Health, a cancer diagnostic and personalized medicine firm. He was using both Compellent and SecureWorks at the time they were acquired by Dell. The company uses Dell systems as well.
Dell made "good decisions" with those acquisitions, he said, adding that he was at this week's conference "to understand better what the Dell ecosystem brings to the table" -- and to get more leverage out of the relationship.
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