Weekly Recap: Dell in the News – May 4th 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

HP And IBM Need To Be Very Afraid Of Dell Forbes – April 30, 2012
I recently attended Dell‘s Annual Industry Conference (#DAAC) in beautiful Austin, Texas.  I have staged and attended many conferences like this before and this was similar to those, but also different in many ways.

Other Dell News

Dell/Compellent Wins Our Storage Evaluation Information Week – May 3, 2012
In our latest IT Pro Ranking, we asked users of midrange storage arrays to tell us which products they like best and why. We received enough survey responses on six vendors to ensure statistical validity, and Dell/Compellent was the clear favorite.

Real Innovation: What It Really Is, and How to Really Do It (Really) Forbes – May 2, 2012
Posted on behalf of Bill O’Connor, who works in Corporate Strategy at Autodesk, and runs The Innovation Genome Project, which researches the top 1,000 innovations in world history looking for insights people can apply to their day-to-day work.

Dell opens first Australian Solution Centre CRN Cloud – May 2, 2012
Dell has cut the ribbon on its first Australian Solution Centre, its tenth worldwide proof of concept centre designed to allow customers to try before they buy.

Dell Talks 13th-Generation PowerEdge Servers as 12th-Generation Hits Market eWeek.com – May 2, 2012
Just as Dell officials were preparing to roll out the twelfth generation of their PowerEdge servers earlier this year, they were already talking with customers about what would be needed in the thirteenth-generation systems that will come out sometime in 2014.

Dell’s social turnaround ITAC – May 2, 2012
It’s not every company that can take a negative situation and turn it to its advantage. Prompted by a particularly bad spate of publicity in the mid-2000s, Dell Inc. adopted social media with a vengeance, and now prides itself on turning “ranters” into “ravers” at a remarkable rate of 34 percent.

Dell fending off EMC's maintenance push Channel Register – May 1, 2012
Customers who bought EMC kit from Dell before the pair dissolved their relationship are not flooding back to the storage specialist for their support needs, according to Steve Schuckenbrock, President of Dell's services operation.

ToonBox Animates The Nut Job with Dell Animation World Network – May 1, 2012
Toronto-based animation house ToonBox Entertainment, creator of the 3D stereoscopic animated series Bolts & Blip, has been hard at work on its first animated feature, The Nut Job, slated for release later this year.

It’s not a toaster, but ‘appliance’ makes IT easier The Globe and Mail – May 1, 2012
Managing computers and networks is pretty easy when your business consists of a few computers in one location. But as the computer count or the number of locations grows, you wonder how on earth you’ll be able to keep track of everything, from inventory management to remote support to software patching.

Dell says XPS 13 ultrabook exceeds sales expectations CNET – April 29, 2012
The XPS 13 ultrabook is selling well above expectations, a Dell executive told CNET this week, offering some hope for the new class of skinny laptops.

E2 Interview: Simplifying IT Architecture (Video) Enterprise Efficiency – April 30, 2012
Steve Felice, president and chief commercial officer of Dell, tells us about customers’ main priorities, which include creating a simpler, more agile, more scalable architecture.

REVIEW: Dell PowerEdge R720 Business Computing World – April 30, 2012
After much delay, Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 processor finally got the official go-ahead in March with the big name vendors all pledging support for the new 32nm chips, including Dell which has started the product ball rolling with the new PowerEdge R720.

Firms Cut Cost to Reinvest in Technology: Dell (Video) CNBC – April 30, 2012
Steve Schuckenbrock, President, Dell Services says that companies are reducing cost to reinvest in new technologies like mobility and cloud computing.

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Industry Quotes & Insight

“When you’re on the cutting edge of what can be done in animation, you need a solid backbone…Selecting Dell as our hardware partner for servers, storage and [Dell] Precision workstations was one of the best decisions ToonBox has made. We enjoy a fantastic relationship with Dell which contributes to the growth of our company.” – Thom Chapman, vice president, ToonBox

“Our channel partners are very excited…We are more keen to expand our channel business, so where there is an opportunity to funnel business through our partners we will.” – Joe Kremer, managing director, Dell ANZ

“We have the fastest growing partner programme in the world. Not necessarily wanting to have the most partners, but to have deeper relationships with partners…” – Michael Dell

“After the first three months or so, we ask our customers if they would recommend Dell. It's a very important question for us and we measure that very closely – both in the consumer and enterprise segment. Ideally, I'd like about 70 percent of my customers to be promoters of the brand. This will happen if I can ensure that their first service experience is kept as simple as possible.” – Sameer Garde, President & MD, India Commercial Business, Dell

“Often companies tend to live in the past by as much as two decades and don’t see the changes going on, even when those changes are happening inside the firm. Women have risen sharply in status, influence, and power in the technology industry and it is to Dell’s credit that it both sees this happening and is uniquely positioning to take advantage of this trend.” – Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst, The Enderle Group  

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