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I know a LOT of people inside the hierarchy at dell. Many of them at the tippy top. This is going to improve quality for the consumer. The problem with stockholders is all they care about is short term revenue and not long term stability. This was a major factor in Michael's (yes I call him that) decision to make the move towards re-privatization (dell was private before).

I spent some time working for Dell, and even helped develop a system to capture more revenue that took off very well. I spoke with Mr. Dell over IM a couple of times, regardless of the rumor that you would be fired for doing so. The man loves his company, it is his baby, and he knows what he is doing. I think he regretted stepping to the side when he did and letting Kevin Rollins take the lead. Kevin just wasn't right for the job; everyone thought he was, but wasn't.

Even around the time that Rollins was fired there was murmurs of Dell going private again, something I supported. Unfortunately once you go public it is extremely difficult to go private, as we have seen with this most recent attempt. I am just extremely glad it finally happen and Mr. Dell has his company back, and I am also a bit jealous. Those that are part of this now, Mr. Dell and Silver Lake, should make a pretty sweet penny out of it eventually.

I expect Dell to trim operations where need be, expect some lay-offs, and I expect a focus on customer service and overall quality. Both customer service and quality have slipped from their peak, that needs to be brought back. I expect the Dell name to mean something again.
    
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For all we know this change may have next to no effect on the end product, but I can say for sure that if the man in charge is passionate about his business it should be a very good thing.
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I spent some time working for Dell, and even helped develop a system to capture more revenue that took off very well. I spoke with Mr. Dell over IM a couple of times, regardless of the rumor that you would be fired for doing so. The man loves his company, it is his baby, and he knows what he is doing. I think he regretted stepping to the side when he did and letting Kevin Rollins take the lead. Kevin just wasn't right for the job; everyone thought he was, but wasn't.

Even around the time that Rollins was fired there was murmurs of Dell going private again, something I supported. Unfortunately once you go public it is extremely difficult to go private, as we have seen with this most recent attempt. I am just extremely glad it finally happen and Mr. Dell has his company back, and I am also a bit jealous. Those that are part of this now, Mr. Dell and Silver Lake, should make a pretty sweet penny out of it eventually.

I expect Dell to trim operations where need be, expect some lay-offs, and I expect a focus on customer service and overall quality. Both customer service and quality have slipped from their peak, that needs to be brought back. I expect the Dell name to mean something again.

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You should only be jealous, if you had stayed and were to be offered the same terms and conditions to co-invest with the consortium. In all likelihood, Dell, Silver lake and any other co -investors' capital would have a preferential return of original investment and a hurdle return ranking ahead of a 10-15% employee option pool, including key mangers, which will be awarded based on performance. Then there is a matter of servicing the additional $15 billion of debt that Dell took on to do this deal. Yeah, the company can repatriate some of the billions sittings offshore, but all of this would be subject to uncle sam's tax bill upon repatriation. Dell is rolled over his existing stake and ponied up may be $750MM in new money towards the deal. Majority of his wealth is safely tucked away in MSD capital.
The point being that Dell and Silver Lake will get the first dibs on any sweet penny by leveraging the company, with little new money going in as equity , by way of cash. Any employees would be waiting a long time before performance based options are earned. as the performance hurdles would be set pretty high (as they should be set high)

I wasn't saying I was jealous from the perspective of having worked with Dell in the past. I was looking at it from a general outsider position, and with knowledge how the business world works, what they will be able to do. It was the good kind of jealous biggrin.gif.

As for money off shores, if they wanted to tap that resource their tax on it would be impacted by how they actually utilized it and brought it back to our shores. There are several creative ways of nearly eliminating tax liabilities on it. It will be interesting to see how they structure from here on out.
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For all we know this change may have next to no effect on the end product, but I can say for sure that if the man in charge is passionate about his business it should be a very good thing.

This change was done to directly impact the end product, it is literally why Dell wanted to go private with it. So he could control the quality of the end product and bring products the market that people will actually want. We should see some pretty good things come from this.

Something I am curious about is Alienware, will Dell want to keep them around or sell them off? A few years ago they weren't doing so hot financially, and I can't imagine the annual operating costs of that division are cheap, considering it is still ran as its own brand. Including own headquarters, manufacturing facilities, etc.

Going off numbers I had from years ago, the high end market was never huge for Dell, and made up a very small portion of their sales. It is one thing to sustain this market through business systems that also support your core target (manufacturing plants, etc). It is something entirely different to have a whole other business division around that......
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Good.

Now dell can go back to focusing on making quality stuff rather than trying to please shareholders.

IPOs seem to almost always signal a downward spiral in quality from what ive seen, so hopefully going private will give dell the freedom they need to go back to making the kind of stuff that got them as big as they are.
Even their busniess class stuff has gone downhill compared to HP over the past few years.

I guess this will be a fun process to watch. biggrin.gif
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I spent some time working for Dell, and even helped develop a system to capture more revenue that took off very well. I spoke with Mr. Dell over IM a couple of times, regardless of the rumor that you would be fired for doing so. The man loves his company, it is his baby, and he knows what he is doing. I think he regretted stepping to the side when he did and letting Kevin Rollins take the lead. Kevin just wasn't right for the job; everyone thought he was, but wasn't.

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I expect Dell to trim operations where need be, expect some lay-offs, and I expect a focus on customer service and overall quality. Both customer service and quality have slipped from their peak, that needs to be brought back. I expect the Dell name to mean something again.


You're so right. So incredibly right.

As for your alienware comment. All I know is I never supported Dell aquiring Alienware. Alienware is a gimmick. I have no idea how profitable it is/was.
 
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For someone that doesn't understand what turning 'private' means, could you explain in laymans terms?

It means that all the money Michael Dell made when he shared his ownership with the world, he now just had to spend to take back control of his company. It's what you do when you realize that money isn't as important as the dream you once had.
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I wasn't saying I was jealous from the perspective of having worked with Dell in the past. I was looking at it from a general outsider position, and with knowledge how the business world works, what they will be able to do. It was the good kind of jealous biggrin.gif.

As for money off shores, if they wanted to tap that resource their tax on it would be impacted by how they actually utilized it and brought it back to our shores. There are several creative ways of nearly eliminating tax liabilities on it. It will be interesting to see how they structure from here on out.
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I am a huge fan of Dell. We are a partner with them and everything they are putting out is top notch. Exciting times ahead.
   
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