Dell OEM Solutions & the Intel Embedded Alliance

I am heading to Las Vegas to speak with customers at the Interop show about Dell OEM, and as I make my way through the airport, I find my mind wandering first to the best place to find a good cup of coffee and second to technology around me.  Once I fill up at Austin Java, tech questions pop into my mind.

  • “What’s driving that digital sign at the airport announcing the status of arrivals and departures?”
  • “What’s the technology behind the check-in kiosks?”
  • “How about the point-of-sale solution (aka cash register) at the airport stores?”

If those solutions are in line with the trends, there is a good chance that there is an Intel processor involved somewhere along the way.

While Intel is best known for working with Microsoft to revolutionize personal computing and helping to bring high tech to the masses, it has also been very busy changing industrial and embedded computing.  In fact, Intel’s Embedded Computing Group comprises an entire organization within Intel dedicated to propagating IA into very non-consumer solutions like controlling power grids and wind turbines, driving increased efficiencies on factory floors and improving the cost and capabilities around communication infrastructures.

As one of Intel’s strongest partners and largest customers, Dell has been working closely to leverage these trends and its OEM Solutions group also works with customers in many of these market verticals.  In fact, it was this reason that drove Dell OEM Solutions to join the Intel Embedded Alliance early in 2011.  As the biggest tier 1 provider of OEM solutions to companies across over 40 verticals, Dell OEM was a perfect fit and the partnership between the two focused organizations within larger technology companies will continue to strengthen, as will the individual and joint capabilities of the two groups.

The most recent example of this is the update of the Dell OEM XL Program.  By combining the Intel Embedded processor roadmap and the programmatic and supply chain capabilities of Dell OEM, we are able to offer 12 months of transition time between product generations, along with increased platform stability, visibility to product roadmap updates and advanced warranty and support necessary to make solution updates as painless as possible.

For more information on Dell’s entry in the Embedded Alliance, please check out the Dell OEM page on Intel Embedded Alliance site or post your thoughts below.

About the Author: Jeff Otchis