Building to Last — Lessons From EMC

’s annual customer, user and partner conference— World—kicks off next week in Las Vegas. So it seems like a good time to compare/contrast the company’s current position in the marketplace to its competitors and even to its own history, a point that was clarified in ’s recent earnings announcement.

Being in a state of constant change is common in many businesses, but it’s a fact of life in an information technology (IT) industry that continues to be roiled by elemental issues and events. Some of these are largely external, like the massive suffering triggered by the global economic crisis and depression in 2007-2008 and resulting regional political turmoil. But those events occurred less than a decade after the tech-inspired euphoria of the bubble infected and sickened broader markets and economies.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the .

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