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Welcome to the latest edition of the Weekly Recap, your guide to the week's Dell-related news and happenings. 

Story of the Week

Dell’s Emerging Softer Side Information Management – July 23, 2012
Dell’s John Swainson briefed analysts recently on the software strategy that he has been crafting since joining the metamorphic vendor in February as president of Dell's Software Group.

Other Dell News

Apps for Good Awards Inspires a Digitally Enabled Generation Huffington Post – July 26, 2012,
A few months ago, I wrote an article about how Apps for Good, the brainchild of non-profit organisation CDI Europe, is helping to uplift the standards of British ICT.

Current Motor Opts for CIO in a Box WSJ CIO Journal – July 25, 2012
Current Motor, a Michigan startup that makes electric scooters, is part of the revival of manufacturing in the U.S. Companies that are either starting new manufacturing operations in America or bringing operations back from overseas rely on technology to keep the lid on costs and reduce waste.

Black Hat: Cyberespionage operations vast yet highly focused, researcher claims Network World – July 25, 2012
Cyber-espionage operations across the Internet are extensive yet highly targeted, says a malware researcher speaking this week at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas.

G Adventures shifts to Dell products IT Bulletin – July 25, 2012
If you are planning a trip to anywhere on the globe, G Adventures has you covered. The Toronto-based tour operator runs tours in over 100 countries.

Digitally savvy workers do not adhere to 9-to-5 routines, new Dell and Intel research finds Silicon Republic – July 25, 2012
The shift towards increased technology choice and mobility in the last three to five years has left businesses scrambling to create IT infrastructure that supports digitally savvy workers who do not adhere to 9-to-5 routines, new research on changing work norms by Dell and Intel has found.

Dell uncloaks trio of muscular mobile workstations The Register – July 24, 2012
Dell has introduced a trio of new Precision Mobile Workstations, with the 17-inch top-of-the-line models offering such goodies as Intel Core i7 Extreme processors, 32GB of 1866MHz RAM, Nvidia 3D Vision Pro technology, a raft of graphics-chippery choices hooked up via third-generation PCIe x16, and four storage bays that support RAID 0, 1, and 5.

Careers talk: Ricky Santos, VP cloud solutions, Dell The Guardian – July 24, 2012
Listen to the consumer and become a recognised expert, says Ricky Santos as he hands down some cloud careers advice.

Dell Does Software: The How To List Enterprise Application Consulting – July 23, 2012
Dell Software last week held what it promised was the first of many media days intended to describe to analysts and the press how the erstwhile PC and server vendor plans to become a software powerhouse.

Dell Releases Big Data Retention Product With Searchable Data Compression Wall Street & Technology – July 23, 2012
The Dell Big Data Retention solution utilizes RainStor data compression techniques.

Green light for Dell’s $2.4B takeover of Quest Software Venture Beat – July 23, 2012
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved Dell Software‘s proposed $2.4 billion acquisition of IT provider, Quest Software.

Dell targets $5bn software business CBR – July 23, 2012
Dell has unveiled plans to increase the size of its software business by five times to $5bn, expanding its business beyond computer hardware.

Computer firm Dell sponsors Glasgow Commonwealth Games BBC – July 22, 2012
Computer firm Dell has become the latest sponsor of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Industry Quotes & Insight

“Most of the focus on big data is compliance and risk management. A lot of it is regulatory driven. The environment around risk and trying to understand it and liquidity is important. That is driving big data and analytics. If you have a good handle on it, you can demonstrate that you can understand your risk profile quickly.” - Bob Barris, VP of sales, global 500 banking and securities business, Dell

“As long as this is the first of many outings for Dell Software, and the company remains committed to staying the course despite the early obstacles, and it figures out the critical how-to factors, there’s a solid chance that the shift from hardware to software will work for Dell. Considering the declining fortunes of the PC business, it’s a chance Dell has to take. In the meantime, we’ll have to wait and see how much more substance Dell Software can add to the picture. There’s a lot more to prove here than just good intentions and a good management team.” – Joshua Greenbaum, principal analyst, Enterprise Applications Consulting

“With today’s increasingly tech-savvy workforce and outcome-driven employees, companies have everything to gain from fully embracing the IT consumerization and mobility trend that is redefining the workplace. Companies are realising that by enabling employees to work from a location of their choice using their preferred technology, they are taking one of the single most important steps in motivating business productivity.” - Adriana Karaboutis, CIO, Dell

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