Where Is Quest Going? @quest

For answers, look no further than the Quest President's Advisory Board.


Created in 2013, the board is comprised of world-class experts and thought leaders—more than 20 CIO/CISO/VP customers—charged with enabling Dell's transformation as a "provider of products to a leading provider of end-to-end, scalale and affordable technology solutions." Led by John Swainson, President of Dell's Software Group, the board has met three times since its formation.


Not surprisingly, December's meeting focused on the topics of Cloud, Security and BYOD, all transformative technologies/trends that will reshape IT for organizations of all sizes. Here's a recap of some of the board's discussion, per John's most recent Direct2Quest blog:



The world has only begun to scratch the potential of the cloud. Many organizations use the cloud only as a way to store documents or track sales leads. Enterprises will begin to shift more of their legacy and mission-critical applications to the cloud as the economics become more compelling. By contrast, small-to medium-sized businesses will experiment with hybrid public/private cloud architectures that effectively allow them to lower their costs and increase convenience without compromising uptime or system integrity. Dell aims to be the preferred technology partner bringing those businesses to the cloud.


The rules and conventions surrounding security also will undergo a massive overhaul in 2014. Businesses will give customers and other third parties greater access to internal systems, while employees will be linking to IT through a greater variety of devices. Delivering seamless integrated solutions that provide enterprise-class security and convenience to all customer segments is a primary goal for Dell Connected Security.


The customers in this sub-committee told us BYOD is dead, and the real concern behind BYOD management is actually data management, governance and security. Businesses will be coming up with ways to both manage and exploit the exponentially expanding universe of data collected and generated by their systems, regardless of devices. Developing data management, governance and security tools and advanced business intelligence to transform big data into Big Data is KEY to aligning to their respective businesses in order to deliver value. We not only listented to this compelling position, we are now in the midst of altering our messaging slightly to pick up on this important point regarding the value of managing, governing and protecting data.


How will these trends impact your organization? If you were on the board, what would you want to discuss?