Dell shifts away from PC business
The company is emphasizing business hardware and software instead of the personal computers it built its name on.
Now Dell has had it. The company "is not really a PC company," founder Michael Dell said at an event in San Francisco Monday. "It's an end-to-end IT company that really understands the needs of its customers."
That's an interesting turnaround for the world's No. 3 personal computer maker. Dell made its name selling customized personal computers on its website, and blew by Compaq to become the largest PC maker.
But oh, how times have changed. The PC market is in a prolonged slump, taking a toll on Dell and HP. Only Apple (AAPL) is coming out ahead here, and CEO Tim Cook taunted rivals last week by saying that "we are the only company that is innovating in the personal computer space, and have been for some time." Ouch.
Rather than duke it out with Apple in a tepid PC industry, Dell is moving into the far more lucrative area of computers, servers and other equipment for small and medium businesses. This week, the company unveiled a new lineup of servers and storage boxes that complement its in-the-cloud and data-protection services.
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The economy is roaring back, and businesses are willing to spend more now on upgrading their computer systems. Dell wants to be right there, competing with HP and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in technology infrastructure.
The company has been on this path for years, though it continued to produce personal computers at the same time. What may be new here, however, is that the company is being more vocal about its shift away from PCs.
Dell is also trying to position itself as a more advanced company than the one that cranked out cheap servers in the past. Now, it wants to be the complete top-to-bottom solution for any company -- a role that IBM (IBM) has perfected.
So get ready for the new enterprise wars, with Dell, IBM, Cisco and HP duking it out amongst a host of smaller rivals. Can Dell make it in this new world? Considering the damaged landscape of the personal-computer business, it doesn't have much of a choice.
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Worse computer I've bought & I'm going back to HP.At least they stand by there warranties & will help you get your computer fixed right. Unlike DELL.. POS!
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