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There's a lot of business-building freedom to be gained by escaping the tyranny of the Wall Street moneymen and turning your company into "the world's largest startup," a Dell exec tells The Reg. When a company goes through a major transition as Dell has in its recent oh-so-public wrestling match with activist investor Carl …

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hope he is right but

wont there be a decision speed drag from old style butt covering execs and PHBs who wont make a decison without a powerpoint fest ? is a senior and middle management cleanout and re-invigoration needed ?

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Re: hope he is right but

" is a senior and middle management cleanout and re-invigoration needed ?"

Yes. But in volume terms it will be the people at the bottom who suffer most as under-performing business segments get radical surgery. My guess is that sadly the biggest scream over the next few months will be where millions of voices cry out in terror, and are suddenly sacked.

Alright, thousands, not millions, but you get the drift.

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"We don't have to worry about market share"

They lost me right here. Any company that doesn't worry about market share is either A) 1960s IBM B) Joe Bob's Computer Emporium or C) working towards being Joe Bob's Computer Emporium.

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Re: "We don't have to worry about market share"

Surely it doesn't matter if you have 1% market share or 99% market share, what matters is making a profit.

After all, a 99% market share is useless if you make a loss on every widget you sell.

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"Surely it doesn't matter if you have 1% market share or 99% market share, what matters is making a profit"

which is exactly the model Apple are using - they may have a rapidly decreasing market share but they're still making more profit on that market share in the tablet sector than the rest of the market put together. And with HP we may actually see some genuine innovation come to market now they don't have to rubber-stamp everything they want to try in triplicate to people who may know finance, but don't necessarily know IT.

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"And with HP we may actually see some genuine innovation come to market now they don't have to rubber-stamp everything they want to try in triplicate to people who may know finance, but don't necessarily know IT."

No, HP seems to still be in that mode.

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So will I be able to buy from the new Dell without having to spend a long time on a phone to a sales person to get a reasonable price. E.g will ordering from Dells website give me Dells best price?

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@ Ian Ringrose

Don't hold your breath on that. Going private doesn't mean that Dell's resellers have gone away, and they would be really steamed if Dell was undercutting them through Dell.com.

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