Weekly Recap: Dell in the News – October 21 edition

 Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, your guide to the week's Dell-related news and happenings.  As you can see, we’ve been busy and know you’re busy, too – so here’s a recap of the stories, blog posts and announcements you may have missed over the past few days.

Story of the Week

How is your company doing with its social media efforts? Today we’ve launched a new Corporate Social Media Interactive Assessment that lets companies compare how they stack up to each other. After completing a simple 7-question survey, you can get a custom infographic that shows how you’re doing relative to companies that were surveyed as part of a Dell-commissioned social listening report by Forrester Consulting. Our interactive assessment lets companies compare their investment in social media headcount and budget against other companies, compare how integrated their listening and engagement efforts are, and also compare how these efforts are impacting various business metrics. How does your company stack up?

Other Dell News

Dell takes on HP and other valley companies in fight for commercial tech dollars San Jose Mercury News – Oct. 20, 2011
Though his Texas-based company is one of the world's leading computer-makers, Dell said Wednesday that he's no longer content with selling individual servers and PCs. Instead, he's increasingly focused on the more profitable business of supplying complete systems and expertise for corporate data centers, hospitals and other tech-intensive organizations.

Dell Looks in Mirror, Sees Hip Silicon Valley Startup Wired – Oct. 20, 2011
On Wednesday morning, beneath a nearly cloudless sky in Santa Clara, California, the Texas-based IT behemoth pulled out the giant scissors and cut the ribbon on what it calls the Dell Silicon Valley Research and Development Center.

Michael Dell Hints HP Pain Is His Gain Information Week – Oct. 18, 2011
Dell has seen increased growth opportunity thanks to the recent uncertainty surrounding HP's executive missteps, its indecision about its PC business, and general customer confusion, Michael Dell said at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco Tuesday.

Michael Dell Won't Ditch Consumer PCs PC Magazine – Oct. 18, 2011
Michael Dell said Tuesday that Dell Inc. remains committed to the consumer PC business, even though the majority of its corporate revenue comes from business customers.

Dell, EMC End Storage Reseller Partnership Two Years Early eWeek – Oct. 17, 2011
Something that has been talked about openly in storage circles for more than two years has come to pass: Dell and EMC are parting ways in selling storage hardware, and they are ending their agreement two years early.

Dell puts recent acquisitions to work PC World Australia – Oct. 14, 2011
Dell in the last year has bought nine companies, and at the Dell World trade show in Austin, Texas, it laid out how virtualization, cloud, storage and networking technologies from those acquisitions are being built into pre-configured integrated systems and upcoming PowerEdge servers.

Dell Press Releases

Popular Direct2 Dell Posts

Industry Quotes & Insight

As you listen to the company’s message, you must remember that this is a hardware company talking. When Dell moves into “the cloud” — as it continues to do in big ways — that’s innovation. – Cade Metz, Wired

In my view, Dell is right on target with these offerings. Dell’s acquisition strategy is focused on buying companies that will help manage and supercharge a portfolio of service offerings. Dell is showing remarkable independence and good judgment in presenting its offering. – Dan Woods, Forbes

Upcoming Events

Dell Education Roundtable via live stream – October 22
On Saturday, 20 education bloggers, reporters, administrators and educators will join Dell’s Adam Garry, Snow White and Michele Glaze in New York City for a day of sharing and collaborating around the many possibilities of technology in Education – in and out of the classroom. Listen and watch the conversations happen via the live stream. Follow and participate via Twitter by using the #DoMoreEdu hash tag.

Dell Canada Customer Advisory Panel – October 27
We’re very excited to host our fifth Customer Advisory Panel event in Toronto on Thursday, October 27. The CAP Days program has expanded outside the US to a global audience with events in China and Germany and now Canada. The program brings together social media savvy current and past customers, industry leaders and Dell executives for candid conversations around all areas of our business ranging from product quality to service and support to sustainability practices and marketing efforts. The moderator for the day will be Mark Evans (@markevans), founder of Canada’s leading digital conference, mesh, and principal with ME Consulting. We want to open up the conversation to you all as well, so join in and submit your questions and comments on Twitter using the #DellCAPCanada hashtag.

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