First a laptop explodes into flames at a public exhibition. Then the
picture of the unfortunate incident gets circulated around the world to
the glee of all of the company's competitors.
This incident is followed in quick succession by a number of further combustible incidents.
After that, we hear of a scandalous error in which Chinese consumers receive computers containing inferior chips to the ones advertised by Dell. The error is compounded by the fact that the chips supplied do not support virtualization, a major feature of the chips that were supposed to be supplied.
While Dell is still sorting through the chip problem, another minor
issue surfaces. It seems that someone at Dell China has advertised the
incorrect price of a computer system on the web - by a factor of 10!
Finally, fearful that an incident might occur in which a combustible laptop might actually injure someone, Dell has recalled more than 4 million laptops worldwide, in order to replace the batteries which are being blamed for the fire hazard. Needless to say the expense incurred by Dell will be massive. However, the company has no choice.
All this has occurred when the notebook market is slowing and Apple with its dual operating system capabilities is starting to emerge as a threat.
Dell will no doubt recover from this unfortunate series of events. However, the regularity with which the events have occurred must serve as warning signs that all is not right with the company's internal processes and some serious soul searching may be in order.