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Just as the desktop computer revolutionized the standard tools used for business decades ago, the influx of smartphones, tablets and other devices has drastically changed how employees perform their jobs.
While desktops are unlikely to go the way of the typewriter, they will probably play a reduced business role in the future. The amount of computing power necessary for many employees to complete their job can often be found in a laptop or tablet, while smartphones provide an additional level of flexibility and portability that personal computers lack.
This change has led to many PC makers seeing their profits dwindle. Mobile and tech trends hit Dell particularly hard, with Forbes reporting that the company's quarterly revenue recently fell by 72 percent. This may be about to change, though, as the business was reacquired by founder Michael Dell on Sept. 12. The deal has been underway for about a year, during which time Dell attempted to change the enterprise back into a private operation and just recently succeeded.
"In taking Dell private we plan to go back to our roots, focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit that made Dell one of the fastest growing and most successful companies in history," said Dell in a conference call with the press.
The changing direction for Dell
Michael Dell stated that he wants his company to emphasize IT growth industries like cloud computing, security software, Big Data and mobile matters. By becoming a privately owned company again, Dell believes that his business will become more flexible and free to operate without the restrictions involved in a publicly-traded company.
The Register laid out Dell's five-point plan for his company, which will involve more emphasis on research and development, expanded sales coverage, a focus on emerging markets, investment that includes tablets and virtual computers in addition to PCs, and enhancing the customer experience.
Because of this deal, The Register also noted that Dell's company will be able to invest more in ongoing projects, rather than paying share dividends as it had in the past.
While the deal has not been finalized, Forbes reported that it should be complete Nov. 1, and that Dell will own 75 percent of the company. InfoWorld reported that shareholders agreed to sell the company for $24.9 billion, which is only slightly more than the $24.4 billion price that Michael Dell originally offered the PC maker. This decision came after two delayed votes, with some shareholders feeling that Dell undervalued the ailing tech giant.
IT professionals should remain alert
For IT professionals, this may provide a number of new IT career opportunities within a well-established company that is eager to change course. The range of skills and expertise that the company will require should bring an influx of new IT jobs to the market. IT professionals on the move are advised to keep an eye on Dell's dealings once everything is finalized.
Decision-makers should also watch Dell's future endeavors, as a potential shake-up could notably shift the IT landscape as the multibillion-dollar company shifts resources to catch up with the trends in information technology. Its decisions may serve as a warning or guidepost for industries still trying to find their feet in the swiftly changing field of Big Data, cloud services and other recent innovations. Those businesses already intent on change can help speed the process with the aid of third-party IT staffing and services firms. Staffing agencies can provide the expertise some decision-makers know they need but don't yet have within their IT department.