Dell’s John Swainson briefed analysts recently on the software strategy that he has been crafting since joining the metamorphic vendor in February as president of Dell's Software Group.

Swainson knows software. Though more recently at Silver Lake Partners, the prominent private investment firm, Swaison’s pedigree includes 26 years at IBM, rising to vice president of worldwide sales for IBM's Software Group, and 6 years as CEO of Computer Associates where he navigated very rough waters following the top-of-the-house accounting-fraud blowup.

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