Dell Launches Software to Enhance Touch Deployment and Management

With unique systems management capabilities, Dell Precision workstations, Latitude laptops and OptiPlex desktops are the most manageable systems in the industry.  And, today we are proud to extend these leading-edge features to the Windows 8 operating system with the release of Dell Client Integration Pack 3.1 for Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012 SP1.

Touch is becoming a reality in enterprise, and this new plug-in helps customers seamlessly manage touch devices by enabling remote deployment of Windows 8 operating system (OS). Customers no longer have to “hand-install” the OS, but rather easily and automatically deploy using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 console for Dell systems. New and existing features allow customers to:

  • Save time and decrease costs with automation capabilities that only Dell can deliver,  enabling IT administrators to get more done with less man hours and effort
  • Remotely manage offline systems one-to-many with Dell’s unique Intel vPro extensions for remote BIOS management, battery  management and remote hard drive wipe
  • Get better management than the competition with the ability to import drivers for initial deployments in 77 percent fewer steps; import WinPE drivers in 55 percent fewer steps and create task sequences in 46 percent fewer steps than Lenovo or HP.
  • Better manage touch devices that are making their way into the enterprise, especially when it comes to face-to-face interaction with customers, enhanced learning, improved patient care and collaboration among knowledge workers in the organization
  • Update and keep systems as secure as possible and get deep insights into systems, components and warranties.

Customers are wrapping up the evaluation and testing of touch systems with Windows 8 and now have the capability to seamlessly deploy and manage the OS on Dell’s portfolio of commercial systems, including:

  • OptiPlex 9010 touch-enabled All-in-One and most Dell Precision and OptiPlex desktops with a touch screen monitor have all the tools mentioned above (including Dell-exclusive vPro extensions) that extend the industry’s most manageable vPro-enabled systems to Windows 8.
  • XPS 12, which offers both a powerful Ultrabook™ and tablet in one device, is easily deployed with Driver CAB files that enable remote system deployment in one easy step
  • Latitude 10 is easily deployed with Driver CAB Files and manageable for corporate environments, so it easily and securely snaps into your business environment while delivering go-anywhere productivity to mobile professionals.

We’re constantly searching for ways to take the “how” out of our customers’ thought process when it comes to their IT – and I believe we’ve done that here. By helping to streamline or automate the systems management of our Windows 8 solutions, we’re helping our customers focus on what they need to – growing their bottom line.

DCIP 3.1 is available today as beta and we expect to release the final on APRIL 30th to try DCIP 3.1, visit the Dell TechCenter.

About the Author: Brett Hansen

Brett Hansen is Vice President, Dell Unified Workspace. In this role, he is responsible for developing solutions that enable customers to simplify and streamline their client lifecycle, secure their endpoints, and ultimately provide users with a more productive and modernized workspace environment. With Dell Technologies uniquely positioned to deliver these solutions, Mr. Hansen harnesses capabilities from Dell Client, Dell Services, VMware and Secureworks to deliver integrated solutions spanning hardware, software and services. These technologies are optimized on Dell Client portfolio, but also embrace the multi-OS and device heterogenous environments of our customers, ultimately providing them with the choice, simplification, and productivity improvements they desire. Brett engages with customers, channel partners and product developers on a daily basis, leveraging his more than 15 years of experience leading business development and channel functions in the software industry. Brett joined Dell after 12 years with IBM Software Group. In his last position at IBM, he served as Director, IBM Tivoli Demand Systems Marketing where he held global responsibility for generating and managing the Tivoli pipeline.