Dell getting closer to steadying ship

Regardless of the factors, Dell’s move into software and services is expected to lessen their affects in the future and dampen fluctuations in quarterly earnings in coming years, said tech veteran Bob Barker, president of 20/20 Outlook LLC, an Austin-based consulting firm.

“I expect they’ll see less volatility in their numbers and more predictability,” he said. “They’re moving to a more mature model of a company.”