Many of the contract employees eventually are hired by Dell, Keshava said. Those employees are able to evaluate the company as a potential long-term employer even as the company is evaluating the employees' performance, he said.
The company's mission at the local site has changed over the years as the industry has shifted, Keshava said. In the past two years, Dell has bought 22 companies to expand its reach in areas such as cloud computing and digital security.
As the company extends its offerings, employees in Oklahoma City are hired to handle new tasks related to those services, Keshava said.
That “incubation” of new ventures in Oklahoma City “is great for the city, and it attracts good talent,” Keshava said.
That need for local talents is Dell's biggest challenge, he said. The company regularly informs local universities and other educators about the type of skills it will require in the ever-changing technology business.
Keshava said Dell expects to be in Oklahoma City for some time.
“Oklahoma City is going to continue to be a strategic location for Dell,” he said.