Weekly Recap: Dell in the News – March 30th edition

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

Story of the Week

Dell Modernizes Ideastorm Forbes – March 27, 2012
Dell last week very quietly released a significantly updated version of its groundbreaking IdeaStorm. I’m glad to see it. The old version had become a bit long of tooth. Considering that IdeaStorm just celebrated its fifth birthday, it is surprising how fast state-of-the art social platforms can age.

Other Dell News

Dell blows Clouds of love into the channel Channel Register – March 29, 2012
Dell is belatedly lifting the covers off a cloud services and solutions certification track for channel partners from mid-April.

Dell extends cloud CRM applications for growing businesses CBR – March 28, 2012
Dell has integrated new eSignature services from Adobe EchoSign and AppExtremes' Conga Composer eDocument applications for its Cloud Business Applications portfolio, extending Dell's cloud CRM applications for growing businesses.

Dell appoints Magirus for HP showdown CRN – March 28, 2012
Dell has prepared the ground for a channel showdown with HP after appointing distributor Magirus to carry its datacentre kit in the UK.

Dell eyes storage expansion with commitment to the channel ChannelBiz – March 27, 2012
After four years operating in the channel Dell believes it has made its mark, though it continues to eye expansion away from the PC market and into storage.

Bringing Backup Dedupe To The SMB Data Center Storage-Switzerland – March 27, 2012
The Dell DR4000 disk backup appliance is a new entry into the purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market. What differentiates it from the competition is its focus on the SMB and small enterprise customers. Dell does this with an easy-to-use, self-contained, full-featured appliance that includes deduplication, replication, and all-inclusive licensing.

Dell adds automated productivity features to cloud services portfolio ZDNet – March 27, 2012
Dell has announced the addition of a pair of new eSignature and eDocument services for its Cloud Business Applications portfolio with the intention of extending its cloud CRM solutions for growing businesses.

Great Content Marketing Ideas for Using Google Content Marketing Institute – March 26, 2012
When Google+ was unveiled last year, a lot of content marketers wondered if they really needed another social media platform to develop and maintain. But, with the more recent introduction of Search Plus Your World, Google+ is getting harder to ignore.

 IT & the Smart Grid Data Deluge Enterprise Efficiency – March 23, 2012
When most people hear the term smart grid, they think of smart meters. But those little two-way digital devices that local utilities provide households are just one small, albeit important, component of the smart grid.

Dell’s 8th year on HRC Equality Index dot429 – March 23, 2012
Dell, a multinational computer technology corporation based in Texas, has one of the longest standing and highest-ranking scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work Survey. 2012 was the eighth year in a row that Dell received a 100% score.

Dell blooms in support of Daffodil Day TechCentral – March 23, 2012
Employees at Dell's Cherrywood and Limerick campuses will be going yellow for Daffodil Day today with all 2,300 staff getting involved by making daffodils, baking daffodil cakes, selling daffodils and wearing an employee-designed t-shirt. Last year, in addition to the support given by the company to the Irish Cancer Society Dell employees raised over €75,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Dell Aims for Home and Office with New Inkjets Printer Comparison – March 22, 2012
Dell announced today the addition of two new all-in-one inkjets – the Dell V725w and Dell V525w – to their inkjet printer lineup and the goal for this manufacturer, or as they like to put it "the Industry's leading provider of compelling IT solutions," is to reach both the consumer and professional with their new products.

Small Business Strategies: Women get into the startup game USA Today – March 22, 2012
I don't normally go gaga over motorcycles, but even I couldn't resist the shiny new scooter from Current Motor. First, it is electric. Next, it's equipped with a state-of-the-art digital dashboard that charges your battery remotely and plots routes for the least battery consumption. It's made in America. And you can personalize the bike with all kinds of features.

Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook – A Business Device Without Question Smallbiz Technology – March 21, 2012
Repeating the advice of my friend and Small Business Guru – Ramon Ray – Technology should be used to solve a business problem.I have been using a variety of tablets. I think of tablets as an excellent After Hours device and I feel the need to use a laptop for business, document, spreadsheets, email, connectivity, VPN etc. You can do this on a tablet but I find it better to use a laptop.

Dell’s Health Care Strengths [Video] Health 2.0 – March 19, 2012
Here Dell‘s Chief Medical Officer Andrew Litt gives a broad overview of Dell’s health care offerings, saying that about 60% are services and about 40% are products. Litt also dives deeper into Dell’s radiology and electronic health record strategy. He talks about what he says is one of Dell’s greatest strengths ― its ability to archive and manage data.

Dell Extends its End-to-End Storage Story for SMBs Laurie McCabe’s Blog – March 19, 2012
Storage is a key requirement for today’s small-to-medium business (SMB) and mid-market enterprises. As the amount of data multiplies, and the need to protect critical data grows, SMBs now require many of the same data storage capabilities as larger enterprises.

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Industry Quotes & Insight

“In my role as the first-ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, I’m not only using what I’ve learned “in the trenches” of business to help other entrepreneurs, but I’ve set a goal for myself to empower a billion women by 2020. I knew the only way to accomplish this would be to partner with others and create leverage, and what better way to do this than to join forces with a company like Dell?” – Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell entrepreneur in residence

We have created a certification practice area with choice and flexibility that will solidify partners’ value to the end customer. We invested the time and resources to fully understand the cloud solutions our partners need to provide in the market.” – Bob Skelley, executive director, Dell global certified partner program & channel

The last Dell product I used was actually well ahead of its time.  It was the Dell AXIM PDA and at the time it was a cutting edge pocket PC  and I used it till smartphones became popular. Dell makes great products and I like the pioneering work Dell has done in using social media to engage and communicate with their customers and community.” – Shashi Bellamkonda, small business influencer

“The only other vendor that really has a full data center proposition is HP, and we know there are a lot of unhappy HP partners out there for whom we believe Dell's proposition would be ideal.” – Denise Bryant, Magirus U.K. managing director

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