Dell (DELL), long associated with commodity IT hardware, is becoming a serious player in...

|About: Dell Inc. (DELL)|By:, SA News Editor

Dell (DELL), long associated with commodity IT hardware, is becoming a serious player in enterprise software, argues Forrester's Glenn O'Donnell. Dell has acquired a slew of software startups, including Scalent and Boomi, and its hiring of former CA chief John Swainson to head a new software unit bodes well for its ability to develop integrated hardware/solutions to compete with the likes of IBM, H-P, and Oracle.