[photopress:fran_osullivan.jpg,full,alignright]Fran O’Sullivan is the head of the Lenovo Products Group and she knows the business for she has been in it for a long time.
She was asked what the latest trends were in the PC industry and she would know if anyone does.
She said, ‘Mobile computing is going to dominate. 3G is the right business model because you can be always connected anywhere you go. New battery technologies, instant-on and push email are also important trends. With many homes in Europe not having strong broadband penetration we’ll see early adoption of 3G-based devices that are thinner and lighter and boast other wireless features in the next 12 months.’
There are few who would argue with her.
Talking of PCs to Silicon Republic she said: ‘I was with IBM for 24 years and spent 22 of those years on PCs. I lived through all of the changes. However, these past two years since the acquisition (Lenovo buying IBM PC division) have been the most exciting. I’ve learned the most in the past two years and feel there’s a winning spirit running through Lenovo.
‘There was a good heritage of innovation in both companies. The ThinkPad notebook was a prime example of the kind of innovation we could produce. The problem for the PC division was that making personal computers wasn’t IBM’s core competency and IBM didn’t make the money available to spend on marketing and building up the brand. Our strategy to deliver the best engineered PCs in the world is unchanged and our customers are absolutely delighted. The recent ThinkPad devices with the latest Intel Santa Rosa processors are the quietest, coolest and highest performing machines we’ve ever announced.
‘Our consumer strategy is being conducted country-by-country and in China alone we’ve opened up 5,000 stores.’
Source: Silicon Republic.com
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