Dell is fond of greatly simplifying it’s strategy to a handful of phrases, or even just words. This is a nice slide from the Dell analyst summit going on covering the corporate strategy now: clearly, paying down the debt that financed going private, run things lean, grow existing businesses (and fix up GTM). While “come up with new stuff that people want to buy” isn’t there, in earlier Tom Sweet said that R&D spend had increased to 2.1% of revenue, up from 1.6% (before going private, I believe).

(via Twitter / lauriemccabe: @dell value creation #daac …)

DevOps folks don’t have much in the way of “orchestration.”

In our 1Q2014 DevOps Study (the first rev of this study), we wanted to explore the DevOps toolchain. The high-level categories are summarized above: there’s some good usage of tools, but if you dig deeper, most of the tools are “legacy” tools. When you dig in deeper, DIY tools do dominate usage as well. Notably – esp. for ServiceNow’s recently announced features and demo of being an “orchestrator of orchestrators” with Puppet and other fancy tools – orchestration/topology/architecture was in very low use.

I spoke a bit to this slide at my Red Hat Summit talk on cloud and DevOps, and you can see the next rumination on this study and other 451 work at DevOpsDays Austin next week.

Having worked on Dell’s cloud strategy for awhile, I’m always hyper attuned to how the company presents itself on this topic. There was a nice presentation – and demo! – at the Red Hat Summit this year, presented by Sam Greenblatt. Of note is the strong emphasis on Red Hat OpenShift for PaaS, using Docker, and Puppet in Active System Manager (the last previously announced). It’ll be fun to hear more about this, hopefully at the Dell analyst summit in late May.

Update: here’s the recording of the keynote if you’re interested in the whole enchilada.