Round Rock-based computer giant Dell completed a $64 billion dollar merger with Massachusetts IT company EMC on Wednesday, Sept. 7, making it the largest and potentially most diverse privately owned technology company in the world. The new company will operate under the name Dell Technologies, with Michael Dell as chairman and CEO.
Here’s what is changing about the company and what Round Rock and Austin employees can expect.
1. The company will have three branches. Client solutions will operate as Dell. Product solutions will be known as Dell EMC. The rest of the smaller businesses owned by the mega tech firm—such as Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware—will continue to work independently.
2. The merger will expand the company’s number of services. Dell Technologies CFO Thomas Sweet said he believes Dell Technologies will be positioned as a “leader in numerous areas” including converged infrastructure, research and development, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, cybersecurity, and hybrid cloud service—an area of technology long viewed as dominated by Amazon.
3. The change could mean growing pains. Industry analysts foresee layoffs in the future for Dell Technologies, projecting that as many as 2,000 jobs could be cut in the next year to eliminate redundancy, specifically in administrative and legal positions, within Dell and EMC.
4. Dell Technologies does not expect any immediate changes at the Round Rock and Austin campuses, according to a Dell spokesperson. The company gave no further information regarding local layoffs or restructuring.