Comdex, the computer show launched in Las Vegas in the early 80s for computer dealers, grew to be the most important showcase of computer technology for the masses. The show grew to staggering attendance numbers of 200,000 plus by the mid 90s. Like all good things, Comdex came to an end in the early 2000s, and was replaced by a variety of smaller, more specialized shows.
Two weeks ago, Dell launched its inaugural Dell World. While I was there, I became reminiscent of the Comdex days. I had to step back and ask myself, “Is Dell World the Comdex of the modern era?” While Dell World is on a smaller scale than Comdex was, it clearly showcased a well-rounded and expansive list of technology. Technology from Dell and its partners included: networking gear, servers, PCs, end point devices, Database (Oracle and MSFT), software (Oracle, MSFT, Dell, Citrix, VMware, Salesforce and others) storage, and all kinds of peripherals.
Dell World also had more headliners than Woodstock with iconic luminaries Steve Ballmer, Marc Benioff, and Paul Maritz who were welcomed by none other than Michael Dell himself.
Dell World as the new Comdex might be a crazy notion, but here’s to Dell, one of our great American companies. Dell is not only expanding its product reach, but remembering how it got there by staying in the business it helped create – PCs! Thanks for putting on a great show in Austin!