Dell’s (s dell) decision to buy Wyse Technologies for its thin client and desktop virtualization smarts shows how much the power equation has shifted from PCs to cloud computing and other services in recent years.

It also illustrates that John Swainson, the former IBM(s ibm) and CA (s ca) executive who joined Dell as president of a new software group in February, is serious about building up the company’s cloud, services and software portfolios. When he took the job in February, Swainson said his goal “is to make software a meaningful part of Dell’s overall portfolio …. This is not the last thing you’re going to see from us.”

Wyse is just the latest acquisition Dell is using to expand beyond its PC roots (and the low-margin PC business). Last month, it purchased network and data security company Sonicwall, as well as backup, replication and recovery software specialist AppAssure.

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About Dana Gardner

Dana Gardner is president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, an enterprise IT analysis, market research, and consulting firm. Gardner, a leading identifier of software and cloud productivity trends and new IT business growth opportunities, honed his skills and refined his insights as an industry analyst, pundit, and news editor covering the emerging software development and enterprise infrastructure arenas for the last 18 years. Gardner tracks and analyzes a critical set of enterprise software technologies and business development issues: Cloud computing, SOA, business process management, business intelligence, next-generation data centers, and application lifecycle optimization. His specific interests include Enterprise 2.0 and social media, cloud standards and security, as well as integrated marketing technologies and techniques. Gardner is a former senior analyst at Yankee Group and Aberdeen Group, and a former editor-at-large and founding online news editor at InfoWorld. He is a former news editor at IDG News Service, Digital News & Review, and Design News.
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