Today’s Dell is a behemoth by every definition: $74bn in annual revenue, 140,000 employees, and worlds away from the design-your-own-PC shop that its founder established as a teenager in 1984.
Jeff Clarke has been there for nearly the entire ride. As Michael’s right-hand man and possible successor, Clarke — who joined Dell in 1987 and is not to be confused with the Kodak CEO of the same name — has held countless roles at the company.
Ahead of Dell Technologies World, held this week in Las Vegas, Fortune sat down with him to discuss artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and why most businesses aren’t yet prepared to embrace them. (The conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.)
Fortune: So you’ve got a new job.
Clarke: Yes. In mid-September Michael tapped me on the shoulder and expanded my responsibilities. My three major responsibilities are to oversee our operations organization, our client solutions group, and our infrastructure solutions group. So essentially that means all of the product and solution capability at the company and the supply chain that delivers it to customers, from consumers to the largest multinational corporations.
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