November 24, 2003

Michael Dell: Consumer electronics, utility computing and Linux

Michael Dell, the chairman and CEO of namesake computer maker Dell, certainly knows how to fit his image to his company.

Dell, the computer maker, is known as an execution marvel, which turned the lowly distribution channel into a key source of competitive advantage.
Dell, the man, delivers the vision with admirable dispatch, carefully stripped down to essentials.

But Dell - man or company - is not one to take on the lofty goal of remaking the technology industry by introducing radical new ideas, a la Steve
Jobs. Rather, Dell is content to engineer changes that customers want, making computers and systems that are more cost-effective.


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