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    Dell Extends ProSupport to PCs and Tablets

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    When it comes to customer support, Dell has made a lot of progress in terms of improving its reputation by instituting a ProSupport program for its servers. Starting today, Dell is now extending that same level of support to its PCs and tablets.

    Jim Roth, executive director of the support and deployment product group at Dell, says the ProSupport program relies on a predictive analytics capability that Dell has developed that enables it to alert customers when a particular component is about to fail. Based on SupportAssist agent software for Windows environments that Dell installs on its devices and servers, Roth says customers can either opt to have Dell install that software or download it themselves. That latter capability is provided in case IT organizations are dealing with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment where IT doesn’t have direct control over all the devices being acquired.

    As the way hardware is acquired continues to evolve, Roth says the agent software created by Dell includes application programming interfaces that connect Dell devices back to a self-service portal provided by Dell through which IT organizations can manage those systems.

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    In addition, organizations that sign up for the ProSupport receive 24×7 priority access to  Dell engineers; ProSupport; coverage for drops, spills and electrical surges; and an option to retain damaged hard drives after replacement to ensure the data on those devices is not seen by anyone outside of the IT organization.

    For organizations that have more than 1,000 systems in the ProSupport program, Dell will also make available a dedicated Technical Account Manager.

    Dell says that customers that sign up for ProSupport spend 84 percent less time on the phone with technical support and have 58 percent fewer steps in the support process. For overworked IT organizations, Roth says that reduction in routine maintenance and support activity alone should free up enough time for IT organizations to perhaps finally add a lot more value to the business elsewhere.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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