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Download Direct from Dell : Strategies That Revolutionized an Industry ePub
  • ISBN 1861975570
  • ISBN13 978-1861975577
  • Language English
  • Author Michael Dell
  • Publisher Gardners Books (March 31, 2000)
  • Pages 256
  • Formats rtf mobi doc docx
  • Category Business
  • Subcategory Industries
  • Size ePub 1435 kb
  • Size Fb2 1811 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 507

Direct From Dell - Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry (99) by Dell, Michael [Paperback (2000)]

The book is exceptionally detailed, to an extent that I was surprised that a CEO will provide such details of his company.

The book is exceptionally detailed, to an extent that I was surprised that a CEO will provide such details of his company. But clear communication is something that Michael has stressed on right from his initial days. This book also details at length about the learning's Dell gathered from their mistakes. One of the learning's which attracted me was Dell's organizational structure.

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Porgisk
I'm not a fan of this book. I had to read this for a supply chain management course alongside reading The Goal by Goldratt and Cox for a different class, and the two are clearly different in terms of explaining how success was made. In The Goal, scenarios are presented and solved--you're reading a story with characters and a narrative that sneaks in production management ideas and how this topic was revolutionized.

In Direct From Dell, you're reading 10-15 bullet points reiterated over and over and over again in vague, general phrases that can be applied to almost every single successful business that makes the entire thing sound like Generic Business Owner Takes Full Credit Of Company's Success And Writes Generic Book for Quick Cash and Recognition.

You will get some neat, Dell-specific information, but it's almost entirely at the very beginning and very end of the book.

Bullet points for running a successful business include:
Listening to customers
Hiring for the future
Targeting demographics
Reduce inventory
Learn from the past
Accept mistakes
Accept others' help

Sound familiar? Congratulations--you've read every other book by every other successful CEO!

As stated, there are a FEW points that are specific to Dell, though. Reduction of suppliers, component customization, and selling directly to the customers, taking advantage of the internet. Things that you think are obvious and commonplace now but really weren't back then. But that's it, really--you're not going to get finer details of how these were done (likely because I don't think Mr. Dell, like many owners, really understands the finer mechanics of his machinery once the company got big enough), instead just getting cute anecdotes and vague descriptions of how these work. Lots of cute anecdotes, for sure--you'll be swimming in them before waking up and going "Huh? Why was that necessary?"

It's just not a good book. I believe it's successful primarily because enough people have read it and incorporated it into their various management courses that's it's just something of a tradition, now. Make no mistake; Dell is a GREAT story of success, and the TEXTBOOK we used gave VERY CLEAR REASONS why, treating the entirety of Dell's success as an ever going Case Study within the text. But this little "book" doesn't touch on ANY of that when it really should.
Mr_KiLLaURa
Let me tell you a story. There was this kid, 12 years old, who saw that his local post office was raising money by organizing a stamp auction. This kid had a truck load of old stamps with him, as stamp collection was his hobby. So he goes out and organizes an auction of his own and raises $2,000 at the end of the event. Over the next few years his entrepreneur skills keep growing. Next at age 16, he takes a summer job of selling a local newspaper subscription. After a few days, he analyses the trend of the sell and finds that his major customers are either newly married couples or those who have recently bought a house. So he stops making random calls, finds the list of people who are going to be married from the local marriage registrar office and reaches out to them, similarly he finds details of those who are looking to buy a new house and reaches to them directly. At the end of the summer this kid had $18,000 in his kitty, more than his teacher had made that year. This kid was none other than Michael Dell.

Armed with these skills, Michael, found out that during the initial computing days when he was still finishing school, the big computer companies were selling standard configurations and at much higher cost. So he started a business out of his dorm room, of assembling computers according to the requirements of his customers and started selling assembled computers at a much cheaper rate and importantly giving the customers what they wanted. This initial experience thought Michael that there are two things he had to stick to, if he had to succeed:
1) Give the customer what they want, not what you have
2) Sell directly to the customer
These two became the guiding principles for Dell Computers which experienced amazing growth of more than 50% every year.

In "Direct from Dell" Michael has given very minute details of how Dell actually grew from a $1000 out of the dorm room company to a $60 Billion company. The book is exceptionally detailed, to an extent that I was surprised that a CEO will provide such details of his company. But clear communication is something that Michael has stressed on right from his initial days.

This book also details at length about the learning's Dell gathered from their mistakes. One of the learning's which attracted me was Dell's organizational structure. Dell was growing at an exceptional rate and while everybody was busy catering to the customer demands, the internal organization (People & Infrastructure) was stretched and disorganized. Michael then got some outside help and redefined the organization and came up with "Segmentation". What it meant was that, to run the company smoothly, it was broken down into smaller companies each with their own support and sales structure. Since Dell was always a customer centric company, sticking to its principles, the segmentation was done according to the customers. So a customer like GE had its own small Dell company dedicated to it. I have personally worked in one such segmented organization in the past and can vouch for it.

Dell was one of the pioneers of the "Direct" selling model wherein they eliminated the resellers and sold directly to the customer. The results of this model were multiple:
1) Savings were passed to the customer. Other companies used to sell through the resellers, which meant increased cost
2) Customer feedback was immediate. Other conventional companies had very few ways to find what the customer actually felt about their products.
3) Online retail thrived. Prior to Dell selling computers on the internet, retail through internet was very limited.
Dell however opened up a whole new line of retail which is now exploited by wide range of businesses

This book also outlines how Dell came up with the "Build to Order" model and further reduced the computer costs and passed the savings to the customer. By working in close contact with the three integral pieces, Customer, its employees & Suppliers Dell came up with ways to reduce inventory to as low as "8" days while other companies had inventory as high as "40" days. What this meant, is that, if there was a change in technology or customer demands which is very prevalent in computer industry, Dell was ready to react while other companies were behind by at least 32 days. Other companies would adjust their inventory losses by increasing the cost of other products while Dell would pass the entire savings to its customers. This was possible however by working very closely with the Suppliers in particular.

Overall this book can be a blueprint for starting a new business. This is going on my good books shelf.