Driving Openness & Innovation Through the Modern Computing Alliance

Our goal for our work with the Modern Computing Alliance is that we bring even more innovative, flexible experiences to you.

We’re living through a time of rapid transformation—where technology that helps us connect, collaborate and communicate has taken center stage. We’ve been talking about this period as the “Renaissance of the PC”, where we have a unique opportunity to think and do differently to drive better customer experiences. This “renaissance” doesn’t only apply to the device itself, but how the broader computing ecosystem can come together to drive modern experiences.

Today we’re doing just that with the Modern Computing Alliance. We’ve joined as a proud founding member, alongside Google, Intel, VMware, Citrix and many other members.

What is our goal with the Modern Computing Alliance? It’s simple: to drive an open and innovative ecosystem so customers can get the most from their Chrome OS experiences.

Take our Latitude Chromebooks as an example. We already give IT departments the flexibility to easily integrate the Chrome OS into their ecosystem while still enjoying the global availability, scale and features that our Latitude devices offer.

The Modern Computing Alliance will further build on this idea.

We will collaborate with everyone from software partners to Silicon Valley start-ups to drive more value and innovation for Chrome OS in the broader IT ecosystem. Looking beyond devices, we’ll explore things like data security, insights and multi-factor authentication to create more value and innovation for people like you and me. People that use our devices every day.

If there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it’s that our diverse viewpoints and collective strengths can bring about amazing changes – a “renaissance” – for customers and for ourselves. Our goal for our work with the Alliance is that we bring even more innovative, flexible experiences to you. Learn more here.

About the Author: Ed Ward

Ed Ward is a strategic and operational global technology executive with over three decades in the complex technology product development and business management environment. He leads the PC product business with accountability for the global business performance and responsibility for end-to-end product strategy, development, delivery, and business performance. His leadership has been pivotal in creating and sustaining competitive advantages, revenue growth, and share gains for Dell Technologies. Ed's professional success is leveraged by his critical strengths of impacting business unit and enterprise strategy, running multi-functional global engineering organizations, and developing people and teams to operate to their fullest potential. He dedicates time and resources to educational causes, encouraging young people in under-represented areas to get excited about STEM as a career path. As a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the executive sponsor at Dell Technologies for NSBE, Ed is committed to developing a diverse workplace and empowering the next generation of engineers and leaders. As a member of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Ed continues to nurture and amplify the professional development of Black business leaders and their communities. Ed is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (AMP '22) where he studied general management. He is also an alumnus of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science specializing in silicon design in 1986. He serves on the board of Hayward Holdings, Inc., an industry-leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of pool equipment and associated automation systems. Ed resides in Austin, TX with his wife.