Wouldn’t it be great to hear the Washington Wizards brass offer a critique on how the Boston Celtics are run? Nothing like a consistent bottom-dwelling club offering thoughts on how to be a successful team right?
At least one Dell executive seems to be the sort of guy who would agree with the above – as The Next Web reported this week:
Straight from the foot-in-mouth department: Dell Australia managing director Joe Kremer has reportedly questioned the ability for Apple’s iPad to stand its ground in professional environments, because enterprise users demand more. Say what?
At a media and analyst briefing in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon, Kremer uttered the following statement in connection with the iPad:
“People might be attracted to some of these shiny devices but technology departments can’t afford to support them.
If you are giving a presentation and something fails on the software side it might take four days to get it up and running again. I don’t think this race has been run yet.”
Somehow the shiny iPad has been good enough for more than 90% of the Fortune 500 to be either deploying or piloting it. For it to be in use in educational institutions from the K-12 level right up to blue-chip universities. For it to be in use in the cockpit of numerous major commercial airlines. For it to be in use by an enormously wide range of businesses, from law firms to hotels and restaurants.
Meanwhile Dell’s two tablets are in use by … which businesses exactly? Which technology departments are feeling good about choosing a Dell Streak 5 or Dell Streak 7? I’d take a wild guess that the answer is none – especially since both these tablets are now discontinued products.
the Wizards Dell is planning to make up for their two swing and a miss tablet efforts by releasing a ‘business-friendly’ Windows 8 based tablet at some point. Because businesses are known to love going with the vendor with a striking record of failure in a product category. And championship teams love getting advice from also-rans.