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Dell will still devote energy to its XPS lineup

Dell, a company that rose to prominence on direct sales to customers, lean operations, and competitive prices is moving its focus away from the PC market. According to PC Pro, this revelation comes courtesy of Brad Anderson, Dell Solutions Group President.
"We're no longer a PC company, we're an IT company," said Anderson. "It's no longer about shiny boxes, it's about IT solutions [that let companies drive efficiencies]."

The company killed off its netbook lineup in late 2011.
Dell experienced record growth in its enterprise solutions and services divisions with $18.6 billion in revenue for fiscal 2012 ($4.9 billion for Q4). Revenue from its consumer unit dropped 2 percent for Q4 to $3.2 billion.
PC Pro also reports that enterprise solutions represent 50 percent of Dell's profits.
Not surprisingly, the signs that a move away from PCs was right there in the company's earnings report. “Our customers think of Dell in much broader terms now, trusting us with their comprehensive IT needs, from the datacenter to the device,” said CEO Michael Dell last week. “The expanding mix of revenue and earnings from enterprise solutions and services is critical to our future."
According to Anderson, Dell will still devote energy to its XPS family of PCs that have been successful for the company.
Rival Hewlett Packard pondered such a move last year, but new CEO Meg Whitman decided against tossing asides its PC unit. "HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off Personal Systems Group (PSG)," said Whitman in late October. “It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees.  HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger."

Sources: PC Pro, Dell Earnings

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I am not surprised.
By retrospooty on 2/27/2012 2:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
Our company has a Dell contract... All of our IT is purchased through them. All of our servers, network equipment, NAS, SAN, etc etc are awesome. No complaints at all. Everything works perfectly and the support is tops.

On the downside, all pf our Laptops and Desktops are also Dell, which sucks. They STILL have major quality issues to this day. Way too many defects. I am really missing Lenovo at this company.

RE: I am not surprised.
By The0ne on 2/27/2012 4:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
For those that commented but don't actually know what the hell they're talking about, what you've said is key. I can't count the number of companies I've worked for and supported that has contracts with Dell for all their needs. Dell just makes it simple and often times cheap to get what you want. This is the real silent culprit, if it must be, that people don't recognize.

I'm not surprise at all by this move but can't comment how successful it'll be. All I know is that I'm hoping they keep their high end laptops around.

RE: I am not surprised.
By jeepga on 2/27/2012 5:45:36 PM , Rating: 2
No complaints with Dell either. I haven't had any quality problems with my laptops though. I order from the Precision line. That may be the difference.

I don't know if I'd ever run another Stinkpad if I had choice in the matter.

RE: I am not surprised.
By TakinYourPoints on 2/27/2012 11:49:10 PM , Rating: 1
The Precision certainly is the difference. Paying more for a high end Elitebook, Precision, Macbook Pro, or Thinkpad will yield much better quality and vendor support than a cheap consumer laptop.

Was your Thinkpad under $1000? If so, I'd bet that's the issue right there. As good as Lenovo is, even their low end models suffer the curse of being cheap products. You get what you pay for.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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