Michael Dell was born in 1965 in Houston, to Lorraine Charlotte (née Langfan), a stockbroker, and Alexander Dell, an orthodontist.  Michael had an early interest in business, so at age eight, he applied to take a high school equivalency exam.

At age eight, I was playing T-ball.

By the time Michael was in college, he was selling personal computers out of the back of his car and making a name for himself.  In 1992, at the mere age of 27, he became the youngest CEO of a company ranked in Fortune magazine’s top 500.  By 1991, Dell became the largest PC maker in the world.

In the year 2015, Dell paid 67 billion dollars for the software and storage company EMC Corporation, which has turned out to be the “highest-valued tech acquisition in history.”  That also gave Dell control of the Greenplum database, which is the best open-source database on the market.

The EMC acquisition was the gutsiest move I have ever seen.

I once asked Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, “You have dominated software at the PC level.  Your SQL Server database is one of the most popular mid-size platforms ever built.  Do you see yourself entering the data warehouse market, and thus, giving your company control of computing from the smallest to the largest?”

Bill was speaking at a Teradata conference, and gentleman that he is said, “No, we’re enjoying beating up on Oracle too much.”  The Teradata crowd went wild!

I don’t remember Micheal Dell at the conference, but he must have heard me because he has accomplished all of that plus more.

Kids around the world are still jumping for joy when they hear, “Dude, you’re getting a Dell,” and Dell servers are the most reliable and powerful in the world.  Dell has placed itself inside every corporation because they own the disks, and they are the biggest factor as to why Greenplum is such an open-source rising star.

What attracted me to Dell is that they were smart enough to invest in me.  They were the first company to purchase a Universal license of my Nexus Chameleon Query tool back in 2007, and they still have the license today.  That gives them unlimited access for all employees, for all Nexus features, forever.

I, too, have had a dream of controlling all software from the business desktop to midsize computers to the largest data warehouses in existence.

I have spent 15 years designing the Nexus Query Chameleon so that everyone from the business user to the data scientist, can have access to any data at any time, anywhere.  I design my products to be so powerful that they do what nobody else has yet accomplished, but so easy that a seven-year-old (raised by wolves) can use them.  I placed so much genius at the desktop that the users’ PC can join data from any combination of systems and provide analytics faster than actually querying a data warehouse.

Our customers can move data between platforms easier than two shakes of a lamb’s tail, and they can perform cross-system joins (federated queries) between every major system within their enterprise in minutes, sometimes seconds.

But I did not get into this business to be a major player at the desktop.  I want an enterprise to have total control over all of its midsize databases and large data warehouses.

The greatest move I have ever made in my 45 years of business, is to spend the last two-years building software so that enterprises can use servers to manage and control how data moves across different vendor platforms.  Companies of today have their data on dozens of different systems, and the only answer is to join data together as easy as if it was all on one platform.

So, the solution was to take my Nexus Query Chameleon software, install it on a server, and then allow the Nexus desktops to execute jobs on the NexusCore server.  The desktop builds the data movement, federated queries, compare and synchronization, analytics, and the joins using the Nexus Super Join Builder, but users have the option of passing their credentials to the NexusCore Server where jobs can run using server CPU speeds and memory that are attached to server-class networking bandwidth.

I also spent the last two-years making Nexus, and the NexusCore Server tuned for Dell and Greenplum.  Greenplum customers can buy Dell servers, install Nexus on the desktop, and NexusCore software on any Dell server, and completely control their on-premises and cloud data movement between database vendors.

Greenplum users can join data across dozens of platforms with the press of a button, and truly provide access to any data at any time, anywhere, with speeds that are as fast as physically possible!

Some might say I spent too much time developing for Greenplum and Dell hardware, but when I see the business decisions from Michael S. Dell, I consider myself standing on the shoulders of a giant!

You can’t go wrong with a Dell PC, a Dell Server, Dell Disks, and a Greenplum Data Warehouse.  The person standing on top of the mountain did not fall there!




Tom Coffing

CEO, Coffing Data Warehousing

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