The second important way that Dell saved money was in the production process. Dell was vigilant in continually streamlining the production process, making sure production details were communicated, and using machines and computers whenever possible, thereby reducing costs associated with employees (Hartley, 2005).
These cost saving measures on the production side, as well as being the first computer company to offer direct sales to consumers, saving greatly in the process, has kept Dell a leader in the computer sales market.
Today, Dell is still striving to provide consumers with the least expensive computers possible. Dell's latest move has been to announce that they will be offering Linux, the free open-source operating system, rather than Microsoft's Windows, as an option during the customization process (Zachary, 5/16/2007). Dell is also leading the way in the rapidly developing country of India, where it is already one of the fastest growing companies. In fact, Dell's plan is to target the Educational, Governmental, and Public Sectors (ITVar News, 5/17/2007). Dell is once again positioning itself to outdo its competition, especially now that Michael Dell has returned to the helm.
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