Dell Strategy

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1. Introduction

Michael S. Dell, who founded the Dell Computer Corporation in 1984 with nothing more than $1,000 and an idea, serves as chairman and chief executive officer of the fastest-growing major computer systems business in the world.

1.1 Company Background

Dell, which was founded in 1984 by Michael Dell, the longest-tenured executive to direct a company in the computer industry, is among the world's leading computer manufacturers that has transformed and diversified into variety of business segments over the years. The company is established on a simple concept: by selling personal and business computer systems directly to customers, Dell could best comprehend their needs and efficiently supply and provide the most effective computing solutions to meet those needs. This direct business model eliminates retailers that add unnecessary time and cost to its extent or can diminish Dell's understanding of customer anticipations.

The direct selling, which has been planned and since then been stuck to, allows company to response speedily and build every system to order and offer customers powerful, richly-configured systems at competitive prices. Dell also introduces the latest relevant technology much more quickly than companies with slow-moving, indirect distribution channels, turning over inventory every four days on average.

Developing over 20 years, the company has always been associated with designing, manufacturing and customizing products and services to satisfy a diversified, not only major, specified also, range of customers including individual customers to wholesale and retailing businesses. The company's philosophy to deal with customers one-on-one has become a splendid management model for other companies. Having gained the market leadership position in computer products and services, Dell's team have always been careful but confident of sustaining and strengthening its marketing strategy of providing standard-based computing solutions (Official Website 2004). Today Dell is the largest computer manufacturer in the world.

1.2 Rapid-Grown-Up History

In only 15 years, the company's sales have skyrocketed from $6 million to a colossal $23.6 billion. Dell has opened sales offices in over 34 countries, since its first international addition opened in the United Kingdom in 1987, and boasts over 33 thousand employees in over 170 countries and regions all over the world.

The distinction between human beings and creatures and among human beings them selves is the inventory and the tool. A convenient and handy tool would amazingly produce incredible amount of prolificacy. Dell Computer Corporation became recognized as the top vendors of personal computers worldwide, just with this sharp and hard-to-duplicated tool: original direct-marketing approach and pioneering of the industry's first service and support programs.

Equipped with the direct-marketing approach and pioneering, Dell continued to hold the No. 1 worldwide share position for computer shipments.

The company is now worth billions because Dell decided to bypass the middleman, who adds little value to the products, and sell custom-built PCs directly to end users.

1.3 Current Leadership

Till the third financial quarter of 2005, Dell's global growth continued triumphing in all regions. Revenue in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) gained 25 percent year-over-year outside the United Kingdom and 19 percent for the entire region. The region had growth across all product categories and a 72 percent year-over-year revenue increase in enhanced services. Mobility product shipments increased 48 percent year-over-year. Germany had revenue growth of 25 percent and France had revenue growth of 26 percent.

Storage revenue was up 44 percent year-over-year in the Americas to lead enterprise growth. Servers and networking revenue increased 16 percent and enhanced services increased 23 percent year-over-year in the region....
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