Michael Dell optimistic on expansion plans

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Computer Corp., has outlined plans to increase his company’s activities in new markets with an eye to making total sales in those areas equal to those in its core personal computer sales market.

In entering those markets, the company is trying to replicate the success it has had in the personal computer space and will pursue the same strategy of aggressively entering only high-volume markets, he said.

“Despite the success we have enjoyed in quite a difficult market, we are quite optimistic about the opportunities that are available for Dell in the US$800 billion IT market,” said Dell at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday. “If you look at the various sectors, you can see that Dell has plenty of room to grow across PCs, servers, storage, services, software and peripherals, data networking. In fact, we are growing fastest in those areas that have the highest growth.”

Dell was partly in Japan to promote the company’s expansion into networking products. It already sells network switches under the Power Connect brand in North America and will shortly launch them in Japan as part of its expansion into new business areas. The company is also expected to take its first steps in the PDA (personal digital assistant) space later this year.

“There have been about 1 billion PCs that have been sold since the late 1970s and I believe the next billion PCs will ship much more quickly than the first billion. So there is enormous opportunity for Dell in this market and we plan very much to be part of this growth,” he said.

“When we look to the future and the various opportunities we have, we believe we can double the size of our revenues by pursuing attractive markets and by serving customers interests, by growing in new areas like enterprise, services, software and peripherals, and driving these areas to be 50 per cent of our business.”