Dell said that he will pulling back from the low margin, low end products to focus on high margin products. Also they are focusing on consulting servies. I think they will also focus on cloud services. WAIT, I HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE...IBM, HP and now Dell.
Are US companies facing a tough competition from the Asian companies in the low end product that they want to move away? Or there is just not enough room to grow in the low end segment? Also, when these companies will realign their strategy and move to the high end and high margin products then do we expect a vaccum that would be filled by Asian companies?
Well, that topic has been discussed several times and usually vendor's position was (honestly, as per what understood) "while our products are cheapest in the market, you can't expect also best support". Do people agree with?
Dell's customer service is not that good. Every time, the same situation no body can help and so they transfer you to a thousand people, and you spend hours on the phone..many consumers have switched suppliers in the past year due to poor customer service experiences..Dell has to improve alot in customer service..
@Ariella, but it seems as if improving customer service is pretty low on their priority list... a lot of the customer service bandwidth is likely eaten up by people who bought those low-end machines: they're exactly the type of people that probably require additional help.
Anyhow, Dell has evolved and changed over the years... but they're not exactly re-inventing themselves completely. And to some extent, they don't need to do anything THAT drastic...
Ariella, Investors are also in wait-and-see mode. Dell's stock price fell 3.2 percent today although that may not necessarily be a reflection on the company as the broader market indices also declined. What's certain is that Dell's story was once captivating. At one time it was known as the King of build-to-order and online/phone sales. That period has long passed. The company no longer has a compelling story such as Apple's for instance (which company does?) but maybe the increase in R&D will propel it to that fame.
As you say, Bolaji, we'd have to see more of how it operates to judge whether or not Dell has succeeded in transforming itself. But increasing the investment in research and development, certainly, is a good start and a necessary move in the direction of innovation.
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