Weekly Recap: Dell in the News – February 17th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, your guide to the week's Dell-related news and happenings. 

Story of the Week

Suddenly, Dell is a Software Company! Glenn O’Donnell – Forrester Blog – February 16, 2012

The Dell brand is one of the most recognizable in technology. It was born a hardware company in 1984 and deservedly rocketed to fame, but it has always been about the hardware. In 2009, its big Perot Systems acquisition marked the first real departure from this hardware heritage. While it made numerous software acquisitions, including some good ones like Scalent, Boomi, and KACE, it remains a marginal player in software. That is about to change.

Other Dell News

Why Reacting to the Market Drives Your Workforce Crazy Forbes – February 16, 2012
It’s not uncommon for companies to announce a new strategy every quarter. The market speaks; corporate leaders react. But they’re not the only ones. Employees react, too – by doubting their employer’s commitment to a long-term plan, not to mention the company’s ability to execute it.

Dell Opens Quincy Data Center Data Center Knowledge – February 15, 2012
Dell Services has opened its new data center in Quincy, Wash., a key component of a global data center expansion to support the company’s push into cloud computing services. The first phase of the project features 40,000 square feet of data center space.

13 security myths you'll hear – but should you believe? CIO – February 15, 2012
They're "security myths," oft-repeated and generally accepted notions about IT security that arguably are simply not true — in order words, it's just a myth. We asked security experts, consultants, vendors and enterprise security managers to share their favorite "security myths" with us.

Dell, IBM, HP, and Others Join the Cloud: Why You Should Use Them Small Biz Technology – February 14, 2012
Dell has long been a trusted leader in PC sales. But, like many other computing companies, the lure of the Cloud is too big to deny. Dell’s name has the ability to attract its loyal customers who have been impressed by its quality and commitment to business services over the years.

Cybersecurity Bill in U.S. Senate Calls for Industry Rules Bloomberg – February 14, 2012
Companies running computer networks essential to U.S. economic and national security would be required to better defend their systems from spies, hackers and terrorists under bipartisan Senate legislation unveiled today.

Cramer Calls Dell Stock a ‘Buy’ CNBC Mad Money – February 13, 2012
Dell is now “one of the hottest turnaround stories in tech,” Cramer said Monday, adding he thinks the stock is a buy, buy, buy.

Infographic: 5 companies that are "rocking" social media The Space Between @ & www – February 11, 2012
Here's a clever infographic produced by Voltier Digital that pays homage to some of the top companies using social media to improve customer (and employee) relationships and experiences. In one graphic, we explore customer service, PR, listening, collaboration and entertainment featuring examples from Dell, Morton's, Unisys, KLM, and ABC.

New Dell Technology Lab aims to help close technology gap for Oklahoma County children NewsOK – February 10, 2012
Youths at the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County have a new option for how they spend their time at the club after school and during school holidays. Thanks to a $197,000 grant from Dell, a new computer lab was dedicated and opened to the club's members Friday.

Dell launches Fongo-powered VoIP service in Canada – Dell Voice IntoMobile – February 10, 2012
Just selling computers isn’t good enough for Dell. The company wants a piece of the ever-growing VoIP market and has launched its own such offering in Canada.

Dell Press Releases

Popular Direct2 Dell Posts

Industry Quotes & Insight

“The Dell Western Technology Center is a multi-client facility with redundant network connectivity, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), cooling, utility and back-up emergency power generation.” – Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge

“Dubbed Dell Voice, the new service is powered by Fongo, providing users with a Canadian phone number and the ability to make free calls to numbers in 30 large metropolitan areas, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, as well as hundreds of smaller cities.” – Dusan Belic, IntoMobile

“Companies like Dell are able to work directly with a business to provide the range of services it needs.” – Stephanie Faris, Small Biz Technology

“To provide business customers with full end-to-end solutions, including storage, networking and software, Dell used to have to rely on third-party vendors. So the company decided to develop its own storage, networking and software products and now, its enterprise business is wholly-owned. That decision has really helped the bottom line, Cramer said.” – Drew Sandholm, CNBC Mad Money

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