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FAST TRACK
WITH LIAM
QUINN

Liam Quinn
CTO,
DELL TECHNOLOGIES

SPONSORED

Q: VR tech is exploding. When will laptops
with VR compatibility be ready?
A: VR-ready laptops are already available. Dell has
introduced computers for VR creation and consumption
and offers a VR-ready mobile workstation with our Dell
Precision 7720, certified for creators to build optimal VR
content, along with our Alienware 13-, 15- and 17-inch
notebooks for consumers to get the best VR experience.
And most recently, we've introduced the new Inspiron
15 7000 gaming notebook to help bridge some of the
challenges of cost and complexity associated with VR.
This new notebook is a great VR-ready system ideal for
pairing with the new Dell Visor headset.
Q: How can a business use augmented reality
to grow and what's out there?
A: Unlike VR which is heavily weighted (around 75 percent)
to consumer gaming and entertainment, augmented
reality will favor commercial applications (roughly
60 percent). Companies large and small, profit and
nonprofit organizations, spanning different verticals like
healthcare, oil and gas, and automotive, have realized
that AR technology can be effective in their respective
environments and have far reaching applications. For
example, Nike is changing the way it designs shoes using
augmented reality with an application involving Meta and
UltraHaptics, all powered by Dell PCs. The application
demonstrates the future of product design that will
enhance the retail industry.
We have just started to scratch the surface of what
is possible and Dell customers are approaching us for
guidance in developing usage models and applications
that we have never considered.
Q: Is Dell an ecosystem company?
A: At Dell, we are proud to provide today's workforce with
award-winning desktops, laptops, 2-in-1s and thin clients,
powerful workstations and rugged devices made for

help. In addition to the hardware, we're about
helping our customers move quickly, with
confidence. We're working with an amazing
amount of companies and technologies to help
our customers make sense of the right solutions for them," he adds.
In August 2017 the Dell Canvas product
came to market and offered another
inflection point that rings true to Quinn's
background. "Dell Canvas is a full touch environment that sits horizontally on your desk
work space," he says. "It's a beautiful 27-inch
monitor that enables you to work with touch,
pen and a totem knob device and offers a
new way to do things. It connects to nearly
any Windows 10 PC and consolidates many
different user interfaces in a very unique way.
We had to develop the software and electrical
and hardware, to do things that were not offthe-shelf. It was challenging but rewarding
to deliver something innovative, unique and
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specialized environments, monitors, endpoint security
solutions and services - everything they need to securely
connect, produce and collaborate from anywhere at
any time. Further, Dell Technologies, as a whole, is a
unique family of businesses that provides the essential
infrastructure for organizations to build their digital
future, transform IT and protect their most important
asset - information.
Q: How is Dell enhancing machine learning
and analytics with its devices?
A: The focus on cognitive technologies, like machine
learning, is accelerating. What's currently a $4.5 billion
market is forecast to increase to an estimated $15.3 billion
market in 2019. There are more than 1,500 startups working
with cognitive technologies and they're experiencing
a 700 percent year-over-year increase in funding with
total funding of more than $10 billion. Needless to say,
industries everywhere are looking at how cognitive
technologies can help.
The focus on cognitive technologies isn't a new
thing for Dell. While it's come in many different names,
we've been doing work in machine learning for a long
time. For example, our Dell Precision Optimizer is a
solution that assesses the hardware and software
usage to automatically adjust performance settings for
optimal use. This is a level of cognitive work done by
the software and is designed to react specifically to the
user's activity and predict optimal settings for the best
experience.
We also have machine learning capabilities in our new
line of Dell Precision Workstations, services and support,
and security solutions, so our customers can benefit
from machine learning built into our technology but also
advance their own work in the field.
For more information on Dell's study, see:
delltechnologies.com

potentially transformative for users in the
creative markets."
Quinn clearly has passion for what he does,
whether products in market now or the ones
coming from his future-minded team. "It's
exciting and wonderfully challenging to be in
the eye of the storm, where customer needs,
market trends, competitive trends and technology evolution are blending together in a
competitive strategy."
Quinn holds more than 100 granted and
pending patents, and was named "Inventor
for the Year" multiple times. He admits that
the acceleration of technology can be frightening, but only if you let it. "We talk about it
with our customers and partners, you have to
be open to adopting and transforming with
these innovative technologies," he says. "You
can either use them to be a disruptor in your
market or you can wait and have your business
be a victim of that disruption."
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