Yes Bolaji you are right. Now a day's more peoples/companies prefer for tablets and smartphones for their routine work, rather than desktop or laptop. Laptops are required only where there is a need for high computational power and storage requirements. So they have to shift their focus to these two sectors otherwise they may be in trouble like Kodak (once king in film & photography industry and now in big crisis).
Clairvoyant, Dell claims the decline is a result of failure to execute properly in sales. It has one more quarter to turn this around otherwise people will begin to question its overall growth strategy.
TaimoorZ, There are cheaper, good alternatives to the iPad in the market but they are not catching on with consumers and even business users. I don't know what to prescribe to these companies. Apple took the flag pole in smartphones and tablets, introducing products that have come to define the computing world, while rivals were napping. They've not been able to catch up since, except for Samsung in smartphones and Amazon with the Kindle in the low-end tablet market.
Barb, Perhaps even the concept of focusing on the low end tablet PC market may not be enough to save some of the players in the segment. Apple has locked up the market so tightly even enterprise users prefer the inconic iPad. In order to make a dent on the tablet market, Dell would have to go for functional enterprise users -- the ones that are used for practical manufacturing and other enterprise functions. Even here too, Apple wants a role. Not having a standout product hurts.
I agree as well. It definitely seems too late for any manufacturer to enter the tablet market and make any significant impact. Dell does still remain seated in the server market, which is anyways in need, and may even become a larger market if cloud computing takes off.
I think Dell has tried to make many inroads into the tablet market but the success has been very insignificant. I used Dell Streak for a bit and the product wasn't bad at all. In fact it was sleek and fast and also the price wasn't too high. I guess the product failed because of poor marketing by Dell.
I think you are absolutely right that Dell should be concerned with declining sales in the enterprise PC market. Yes, Dell is well-positioned there but as you point out, tablets are being used as supplements in the enterprise market. Not having a product--even if it is a tablet that leverages the heck out of your Dell PC -- might not be a bad idea. I think Dell might be too late to break into the "I have the best tablet" competition, but providing a low-end tablet device--dare I say accessory?--may not be a bad idea.
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