"Making digital transformation happen, making it real, that's why we created Dell Technologies, combining innovations from Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream, and VMWare," Dell explained. "This allows us to innovate like a startup with the scale of a global powerhouse."
With a $4.5 billion annual investment in R&D, and the "strongest and furthest global reach", Dell said the company provides the "best innovation with the highest quality and the greatest value" to the market, as the "number one in everything, all in one place".
During his keynote, Dell said CEOs are now beyond needing to be convinced a digital transformation needs to happen within their organisations, noting businesses now see technology as a growth strategy.
"We're at the beginning of an innovation explosion," he added.
"CEOs want their companies to become technology companies.
"You're competing with startups who are more sophisticated at injecting new products into their platform. You need an IoT strategy, a cloud strategy, and a workforce strategy -- as well as security, that's the highest priority of all."
According to the CEO, Dell EMC's position is that cloud is not a place, rather a way of doing information technology.
"We believe it's going to be a multi-cloud world," he said. "If you have a public cloud first and only strategy, I think you're going to find yourself uncompetitive in the long-run."
Joining Dell on stage was Dell EMC president David Goulden, who said the most practical and common sense approach to IT transformation within an organisation was to modernise the datacentre, automate service delivery, and transform IT operations.