CEO Michael Dell is known as the man of big words and bad predictions, the most infamous being his advice from fifteen years ago to give the money back to shareholds and shut down Apple. Fortunately, Dell’s most recent outrageous quote at least hasn’t come out of its CEO’s mouth.

Another exec, Dell Australia’s managing director Joe Kreme, gets the credit for claiming that Apple’s iPad is no fit for big business because it’s too “shiny”. He’s also gone out on a limb to issue a warning to IT managers, saying issues with iOS devices in enterprise can take up to four days to resolve…

The iPad commands a lion’s share of just about every tablet market category, especially in enterprise. That didn’t stop Kreme from criticizing the device without referring to it directly, according to Financial Review:

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.

You’d think big companies like Dell would pay attention to market realities before making such outrageous claims.

Dell’s Streak tablet was a dud and spectacularly failed in the marketplace.

Research In Motion’s PlayBook tablet and Hewlett-Packard’s TouchPad also failed to make a dent and quickly fell by the wayside as iPads became the favorite new toy of IT managers, executives and board members in corporate America.

Dell is now gearing up to re-enter the tablet space with an offering of Windows 8 tablets in the hope it will steal market share from Apple.

I guess we’ll just see how the competition goes, no?

  • Dell won’t surpass apple

    • Anonymous

      goes without saying 🙂

    • Alec Vanek

      But Samsung will.

      • Anonymous


      • It will be interesting to see when Apple finally brings out a 4G phone.

      • well most networks have been updated and 4G is displayed in a lot of big cities on the 4S. not true 4G, but it’s up there.

      • Did you really say Samsung will surpass Apple with their tablet? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all year. Good luck with that!

      • samsung already released a tablet- it failed to hurt the iPad

      • It’ like shooting BB’s at an armored truck. In case you need clarification.
        BB’s= Samsung Galaxy & the rest of the field.
        Armored Truck = iPad

  • too funny. i work for dell. i should send this guy an email and tell him hey, users call in iOS issues and i’m able to fix them within minutes. he should hire people who KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. 4 days?!?!?! that’s a longshot. good job boss man. thanks for the vote of confidence.

    • exactly….4 days…r u kiddin me…u can get the whole ios restored in 4 minutes…:p

      OFF TOPIC QUESTION : I am soon gng to join dell for my first job, is the work culture good there…:)

      • it’s great. for once i have a good reliable boss. work environment is awesome too. every one is nice. no problem is too tough either. mostly user error. 🙂 good luck!

  • The funny thing its that the reason people love apple products its because the just work! Do saying our could take 4 days to get an issue resolved is probably won’t happen often. Most IT guys don’t have the same mind blowing issues like my mom…

  • Anonymous

    This is Apple, things don’t simply fail on the software side.

    • well said…i dnt remember the last time my iphone hanged…!!!…

  • Based on the genius comments from the Dell executives, I think it may be time to sell that Dell stock and buy done that show leadership and an understanding of the market…

    • please dont…i am soon going to work there….JK…

  • Wolfgang Loss-Wells

    Windows 8 tablets may give the iPad a run for it’s money, but with Apple holding a dominating head-start, the tablet war may well already be over.

    • It was over when the concept of iPad 1 was begin thought of.

  • they should return the shareholders money and shut down dell :)….. i kid, i kid 😛

  • Look who is talking haha, Dell please, release a better tablet if you can and THEN complain how many people like your “shining” tablets or whatever

  • KewlDewd

    “People might be attracted to some of these shiny devices but technology departments can’t afford to support them.”

    You interpret that as him saying that “Apple’s iPad is no fit for big business because it’s too “shiny”? Your reading comprehension is pretty bad. Either that or you purposefully misconstrue the quote and uses that ridiculous post title to gain more views.

  • Anonymous

    4 days to fix iOS problem? I t

  • Wait what.