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Go Inside the Mind Behind Alienware Design

June 13, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Joe Olmstead here on Direct2Dell, but Tom’s Guide was recently able to grab the Alienware product development director for a special Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on their forum. The questions he received were wide-ranging from how to order an Alienware 17 R5 online without Tobii eye-tracking, to why someone would chose to purchase an Alienware 17 R4 that weighs more than some smaller, more portable systems that are available. Reading it…

Trade Instability is Bad News for Everyone

June 12, 2018

By Michael Young This week Business Roundtable, a group of CEO’s from America’s top companies, released its second quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey, which provides a glimpse into the direction of the U.S. economy based on CEO reports of their company’s future plans. The good news coming out of the report is that the leaders of these major organizations have solid plans for the coming months. However, the bad news is that there is a slight decline in the overall…

Who Needs an All-In-One Computer, Anyway?

Sleek, simple to set up, energy and space-efficient — even with all the benefits all-in-one computers (AIOs) offer, they haven’t quite reached the ubiquity of their traditional desktop or laptop brethren. That’s partly because an AIO makes the most sense in a few specific use cases, not necessarily as the choice to outfit an entire workforce or family. Four common AIO use cases Desk-centric workers who want the best of both worlds – When you spend your time at a…

Dell Pledges to Eliminate Plastic Straws This World Oceans Day

June 8, 2018

It’s hot here in Central Texas. Like 100°F hot (about 38°C). And while we sweat our way between air-conditioned locations, we’ll probably grab an ice cold beverage. You have to stay hydrated after all. And it’s a pretty good bet that drink will arrive with a plastic straw. Straws with your iced coffee. Straws next to the drink machine. Straws with a glass of water at a restaurant. Straws straws straws. Every day in the United States we use an…

Alienware and Dell Bring New Gaming Data and Hardware to E3

June 6, 2018

The image that often comes to mind when people think of a gamer is a male loner playing in his parents’ basement, but as the world’s premier event for computer and video games, E3, kicks off it’s time to dispel that stereotype with new data. An extensive survey of 5,763 video game players in 11 countries, commissioned by Dell, has revealed that today’s gamers are quite diverse — from your coworker with two kids, to the woman next to you…

STEMAspire Connects Glasgow Students to Role Models

June 5, 2018

Dell EMC Glasgow launched our STEMAspire Program on the 1st November 2017, working with 26 students from City of Glasgow College, University West of Scotland and Glasgow University. The purpose of this 12-month initiative is to connect female STEM students to role-models within Dell EMC. Our objective is to encourage and empower these students to graduate and to have successful and rewarding careers in the Technology sector. “The genesis of the program rose from a discussion last year between myself,…

Chickens, Cats and the Need for Technology

June 4, 2018

The question of whether the chicken or the egg came first has vexed humanity for thousands of years. Even Aristotle and Goethe had a rough time working out this causality dilemma. And the philosophical aspect of the question pervaded even after Darwin proved the entire issue to be false – that there is no ‘first’ chicken or ‘first’ egg. It could be that we are faced with the question again when it comes to technology for this reason. Which came first:…

Pride Beyond Borders

It seems like only yesterday, I was sitting in a Consumer Sales training class as a 24 year old temporary hire. In less than a month, I will celebrate 19 years at Dell Inc., and I have never been prouder than I am today to work for this incredible organization. One of the many reasons for that is since my very first day I felt I could be myself. One of the best compliments I received from a colleague went…

Graduate Program Participant Learns How a Company Becomes the Best

June 1, 2018

Challenging. That’s how I’d summarize my first year after the Dell EMEA Graduate Program. I’d add to this first word these two as well though: innovation and diversity. I remember like it was yesterday what my dreams were on the last training that took place in Frankfurt: achieve my goals, learn something new every single day and create projects from scratch. During this year, I’ve learned awesome things as an account manager, like how to manage with different people in…

Women Funding Women 2018 Wraps – See You at DWEN in Toronto

May 31, 2018

Globally, it is estimated that there are more than 274 million women entrepreneurs! Yet despite this massive influence and spending power of women entrepreneurs, Dell’s Women Entrepreneur #WECities research and the US Senate report on What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive found that women entrepreneurs around the world receive disproportionate access to the resources needed to thrive, including capital, mentorship and technology. As a global leader Dell is committed to helping women-owned businesses scale with the help of technology and…

High School Seniors Detour in Virtual Reality Before Graduation

High school students make an impression during virtual reality internship Graduation season is in full swing and soon the class of 2018 will be venturing into the real world. But a select group of high school seniors recently took a detour into the world of virtual reality as part of a unique internship program with Dell’s product engineering team, and I had the honor of joining them for part of the journey. My interest in this program is twofold. First,…

The Benefits of Blockchain

May 30, 2018

A New Foundation for Cultivating Customer Trust Imagine if you could rent a house, buy a car, be admitted to a hospital, get a driver’s license, apply to college or seek employment – all with just a few clicks of your smart phone. Just think if you could track the progress of a product you were interested in along every step of its life cycle, ensuring that the companies you transact with adhere to best practices within the workplace, promote…

How Supporting Diverse Suppliers Supports Local Economies and More

May 29, 2018

For entrepreneurs, having a great product or service is only the first step toward success. The next steps include finding capital, connections, contracts and customers. For many woman-owned and minority-owned firms, gaining access to these vital resources can be a challenge. According to the Minority Business Development Agency, minority-owned firms are nearly three times more likely to be denied a loan than non-minority firms. And minority firms secure a lower number and dollar amount of contracts in proportion to the…

Investing in Women Is the Smartest Economic Venture of Today

May 24, 2018

The following is a guest post from Sadaffe Abid, the founder of CIRCLE, a social enterprise focused on women’s economic empowerment and advancement. She is also the first member of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) from Pakistan. Through DWEN, Dell is connecting female entrepreneurs across the globe with networks, sources of capital, knowledge and technology, giving them the power to do more. At the 2017 DWEN Summit in San Francisco, Sadaffe hosted an UnConference session exploring ways to help women in Pakistan and…

Come Take a Look via Dell’s Supply Chain Virtual Reality Customer Tours

May 22, 2018

Championing Transparency – Leadership That Everyone Can See Transparency is an increasing and transformational trend, with vehicles such as social media and virtual reality now providing unprecedented abilities and responsibilities in sharing thoughts and experiences with others. Businesses face the same trends – and challenges – in demonstrating transparency with a growing number of stakeholders. Customers increasingly want to know more about their products, and we’ve seen this first hand at Dell: the number and range of the customer requests…

Clipper Race Update: Crossing the Pacific

May 21, 2018

This is the eighth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. If you haven’t read the previous blog entries from Samantha Harper and Marek Omilian detailing their adventures thus far, you may want to go read those first. They’re all in the “Sport & Recreation” section of Direct2Dell. For background on Dell’s involvement in this incredible event, read our initial blog here….

VR Experience with Lions Built on Creativity, Trust and Technology

May 16, 2018

This post was originally published on the new Swedish version of our sibling blog Direct2DellEMC, and while I can’t read Swedish, the images immediately caught my eye. So, I asked the team if we could have an English translation I could share with our readers here. It is about the latest work of photographer Martin Edström who we previously featured for his work on an immersive 360 view of the world’s largest cave. Like his fellow National Geographic explorers Mike…

3 Pieces of Advice for Girls Starting Their Careers

May 15, 2018

Today’s the day… Today’s the day when you make the choice, the choice to become what you wish, be the person you dreamt of – confident, successful and happy. From the minute we start secondary school the race to comply with society norms commences. The pressure to achieve top results in school places unnecessary pressure on students to make rushed decisions that have long-term effects on life choices. What is this all about? From speaking to students at second level…

Hacking for a Better Commute

May 10, 2018

How open data can help with mobility challenges On March 10, Dell and Forum for the Future, sponsored a hackathon as part of New York City’s Open Data Week. The Open Data L-train Innovation Challenge asked participants to create ideas that focused on using open data to help mitigate and manage the effects of the planned shutdown of the Canarsie Tunnel in April 2019. This will be a major disruption to NYC’s transit systems: more than 225,000 commuters use the…

One Site – Two Worlds – Part 2

May 9, 2018

I am one of six trainees who started the EMEA Sales Graduate Program at Dell EMC in Halle (Saale) in October 2017. Last week my colleague Katharina Wiemann shared her experience about being a trainee at Dell EMC, and to tell even more about our program I would like to add my experiences so far and show which challenges we have met. The trainee program started with a two-week induction. During this time we were shown many different facets of…