Dell Technologies, the world’s largest privately-controlled technology company formed through the merger of Dell and EMC, has celebrated its first anniversary.

In its inaugural year, the company formed a unified Dell and Dell EMC salesforce and created a $35-billion Dell Technologies channel and global channel program that added 10 000 new business customers to the Dell EMC portfolio. In addition Dell EMC experienced explosive revenue growth (nearly double historical rates) in underpenetrated accounts in the first half of 2017, fueled by cross-selling of server, storage, client and converged infrastructure solutions.

The company accomplished these milestone achievements while rapidly paying down approximately $9,5-billion in debt, quickly completing three major business divestitures and continuing to invest aggressively in the most innovative technologies for customers. As evidence of early traction, a new independent IDC survey reveals that 91% of customers surveyed worldwide believe Dell and EMC have delivered on the promises made to them ahead of the merger.

“We set the bar high and exceeded our own expectations,” says Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies. “We’ve made enormous strides this past year in serving the needs of our customers, from governments to fast-growing small businesses to many of the world’s largest enterprises who call Dell Technologies their most strategic IT partner. And we’re just getting started.”

The Dell Technologies family of businesses includes Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware. It stands as a $74-billion market leader with the industry’s most expansive portfolio from the edge to the data centre to the cloud.