The deepening relationship with VMware, the stubborn challenges of the global PC market, and progress toward a fully functioning partner portal are likely to be topics of discussion for Dell Technologies executives when the company reports its second-quarter financial results Thursday.
Thursday's report marks the third full quarter since Dell's $58 billion acquisition of EMC last September, and the Round Rock, Texas-based company is trying to maintain its momentum.
In recent quarters, Dell EMC has been the only major server manufacturer to book worldwide share gains, and the company is also riding an almost unbroken string of share gains in the PC market. Still, being the largest privately held IT firm in the world means Dell Technologies has a target on its back, and the company is contending with a contracting PC market as well as an all-out data center assault by competitors including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems as demand for high-end gear softens.
Recently, the company has taken steps to tighten its relationship with VMware and improve the way they engage channel partners.
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