The ongoing changes at Dell Inc. should not affect staffing levels at its Oklahoma City campus, Steve Felice, president and chief commercial officers of the Round Rock, Texas-based computer technology company said Tuesday during a visit to Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma City has been a very productive site for us and we're going to continue to grow here and support our facility,” Felice said.
Felice was in Oklahoma City this week to meet with Dell employees, as well as business and community leaders, after Dell shareholders approved a $25 billion deal in September led by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell to take the company private.
Dell has about 2,000 employees at its campus at 3501 SW 15 in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Dell site employees are primarily focused in three areas: Sales, information technology outsourcing and technical support.
As the company shifts its business model away from PC sales to offer more services and software, Oklahoma City still will play an important role, Felice said.
Dell has struggled in recent years as PC sales have declined in the face of increased competition from mobile devices such as Apple's iPad.
Oklahoma City's Dell operations have strong support from sales and services to small to medium-size companies, as well as government contract work — areas where Dell's business remains strong, Felice said.
“We're still the No. 1 service provider and that really lends itself to the sales and services we do in Oklahoma City,” Felice said. “Over the long term, we see our presence here growing.”
Dell is a significant employer in Oklahoma City, according to a 2012 economic impact report from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
The Oklahoma City Dell site provides adds about $340.5 million in annual benefit to the metro area's economy, generating a $2.2 billion economic impact since the center opened in 2004, according to the report.
Oklahoma City's Dell site generated about $10 million in state and local tax revenue in 2011, according to the chamber report.