Mark Davison at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas – We have heard from reliable sources that Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, has the incredible knack of turning up unscheduled at various meetings, often catching those gathered by surprise.

We got confirmation of this trait at Dell EMC World when he arrived unannounced to take some questions at an EMEA breakout session.

We also got confirmation that he is still, as IT-Online reported nearly two years ago, a man with no regrets.

Asked from the floor whether he might regret the merger between Dell and EMC given the scale and breadth of its solutions portfolio, he was quick to point out that he is “quite happy” with the results.

He then further continued: “A little bit of my history is doing things that people say I shouldn’t. I don’t have a problem with that. Look back at the history of our company. Lots of times, people said don’t do that … don’t start a company in your college dorm room with $1 000.

“I absolutely believe we have a big role to be the essential infrastructure company,” he says. “And with the massive consolidation that will happen in infrastructure, we’re in a great position to win that. We’re a unique company with special capabilities. We also have a unique structure … we’re a private company … a family-owned company.”

So bearing this in mind, can we expect Dell Technologies to be more aggressive in the market in the future?

“Yes,” was simply all Michael Dell had to say.

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