Welcome to Storm Sessions!

Storm sessions are hyper focused idea generating sessions centered on a specific topic or theme and open for a limited time. You can also submit ideas for future sessions to the "Storm Sessions Topics" category.

What is the SSD effect on data center performance?

Duration: Mar 19, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014

Status: Archived

Samsung and Dell are partnering to gather your ideas around the effects of SSDs on Data Center performance.

How are SSDs in notebooks increasing productivity?

Duration: Mar 18, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014

Status: Archived

Samsung has partnered with Dell in this Storm Session to gather your ideas around how SSDs in notebooks are increasing productivity. For consumers, Samsung SSDs can be found in 

The transition to SSD in Enterprise systems

Duration: Jan 13, 2014 - Feb 17, 2014

Status: Archived

Samsung has partnered with Dell in this Storm Session to gather your ideas around the transition to Solid State Drives (SSD). Samsung SSDs can be found across Dell's Enterprise product range, from Dell Latitudes and Ultrabooks to Dell Servers. SSDs deliver increased performance and reliability over standard hard drives which can be seen via Whitepapers, videos and other resources available Samsung's webpage for D...

The transition to SSD in Consumer PCs

Duration: Jan 9, 2014 - Feb 17, 2014

Status: Archived

Samsung has partnered with Dell in this Storm Session to gather your ideas around the transition to Solid State Drives (SSD). For consumers Samsung SSDs can be found in Dell's Ultrabooks. SSDs deliver increased performance and reliability over standard hard drives which can be seen via Whitepapers, videos and other resources available on Samsung's webpage for Dell. Please submit your ideas on the transi...

What would you like to see at Dell World 2014

Duration: Dec 11, 2013 - Jan 1, 2014

Status: Archived

Dell World is the premier event for IT professionals from organizations of all sizes, who plan, deploy and manage technology. The event brings together establishments from around the world, to address key issues they are facing today and explore technology best practices that are helping them transform. Not able to attend Dell World this year? Not to worry, attend the premier event virtually from the con...

Share your thoughts about the new Premier Lists functionality

Duration: Dec 6, 2013 - Jan 13, 2014

Status: Archived

Lists functionality was recently introduced on your new Premier page. It is designed to help you organize and access your frequently purchased products or bundles. And then save time when creating eQuotes and carts.     Some of the key features you should be aware of in regards to Lists: • Create and save multiple lists for frequently purchased products and organizational standards, reducing rel...

Let’s hear your ideas around Solutions Configurator

Duration: Nov 7, 2013 - Aug 1, 2014

Status: Archived

We’ve developed this Storm Session to give you, our Channel Partners, a way to provide feedback, comments, and suggestions around Solutions Configurator. This also provides a venue to have an open dialog, not only with the team that built the Solutions Configurator. Feel free to share thoughts, ideas or challenges around the Solutions Configurator. This empowers the team to act quickly to help support your bus...

Your great idea could win you a trip to Dell World 2013

Duration: Oct 17, 2013 - Oct 25, 2013

Status: Archived

    The future of Enterprise Technology can be difficult to predict. There are many variables to consider: How will virtualization, convergence and the cloud transform the way business is done? Will business move towards BYOD or will a new Technology emerge? How will businesses turn Big Data into insights? How will businesses keep Technology secure?  In this Storm Session, share your&nb...


Congratulations to Christopher.G.Tyler (The Shift From 'Enterprise' to 'Project Based') and CFXj99 (NFC/RFID Logins) for submitting the winning ideas to the contest. We look forward to seeing them at Dell World. Thank you to all who participated.

What would you like to learn about at Dell World 2013?

Duration: Jul 8, 2013 - Sep 7, 2013

Status: Archived

Dell World is Dell’s premier event where industry visionaries and top technology professionals come together and share powerful IT solutions for critical business needs. At Dell World you will explore the ways technology can connect your end users, integrate and optimize your enterprise, simplify and secure your data and infrastructure, and accelerate your organization’s ability to innovate. If you would...

Nuance Dragon Assistant Beta

Duration: Jan 31, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013

Status: Archived

Dell has been working with Intel and Nuance on voice input with a tool called Nuance Dragon Assistant Beta software. If you are an XPS 13, XPS 14 or Inspiron One 2330 customer, we need your help. For the next few weeks, we’re asking these customers to download and install the software so they can take it for a spin and provide feedback on what works, what needs to be better, or some ideas on how to expand its ...

What would you like to see at Dell World 2013?

Duration: Dec 11, 2012 - Jan 2, 2013

Status: Archived

Dell World is the premier event for IT professionals from organizations of all sizes, who plan, deploy and manage technology. The event brings together establishments from around the world, to address key issues they are facing today and explore technology best practices that are helping them transform. Not able to attend Dell World this year? Not to worry, attend the premier event virtually. View the showcase on...

Driving the Future of Dell Networking Hardware

Duration: Oct 16, 2012 - Nov 5, 2012

Status: Archived

Dell is focused on creating best in class networking products, and to do so we rely on insights from customers like you to guide our innovation. Are you tired of products that force you to be confined by their standards? We want to understand your environment including what pain-points you have so we can create solutions that fit your needs and solve your problems. We will focus this session on initial deployment an...

Your great Idea could earn you a trip to Dell World*

Duration: Oct 16, 2012 - Oct 25, 2012

Status: Archived

Social networks have fundamentally changed business. That is why, for the first time at Dell World, social media will be a key part of the conference agenda. In this Storm Session, share your ideas for how Dell can further support customers and their businesses in social media. The top two ideas as determined by the IdeaStorm Community as well as the IdeaStorm Partners and Community Managers will receive tickets...


Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. After reviewing the ideas and judging them according to the rules we are happy to announce our two winners; Morblore and jkunken.

Improving Productivity with Precision Mobile Workstations

Duration: Sep 5, 2012 - Sep 24, 2012

Status: Archived

When your work takes you away from the desk or out into the field, the power of the Dell Precision M4700 and M6700 mobile workstations are right there with you. These systems are the most powerful mobile workstations in the world, featuring professional-grade graphics, best-in-class storage capacity and outstanding battery life.  In an effort to make you even more productive while using Dell's Precision Mobile ...

Tell Us About Your Storage

Duration: Jun 4, 2012 - Jul 2, 2012

Status: Archived

  Dell offers a comprehensive portfolio of storage architectures to help you reap the benefits of consolidation. Dell's storage portfolio now consists of the virtualized iSCSI EqualLogic™ PS Series SAN and the multi-protocol, Fluid Data architecture of the Dell Compellent™ Storage Center NAS and SAN family. Dell also offers file-based Windows NAS and Unified Storage platforms, as well as direct-...

Project Sputnik: Ubuntu-based developer laptop pilot

Duration: May 6, 2012 - Sep 16, 2012

Status: Archived

Made possible by an internal innovation program, project Sputnik is a 6 month exploratory effort to develop a laptop targeted directly at developers working on mobile and web apps.   Project Sputnik is based on Dell’s XPS13 ultrabook and supports Ubuntu 12.04.  The image will come with the necessary drivers to support the HW along with a very basic set of general developer tools.  Then you...

Mobility in the Workplace: Your Device, Corporate Information…

Duration: Apr 22, 2012 - May 4, 2012

Status: Archived

  Smartphones now account for more than 80% of phones sold and Tablet growth is out pacing all projections.  Research suggests that soon 72% of devices in the corporate environment will be owned by employees.  This presents a great opportunity for businesses to allow employees to use the devices they want while improving their performance at work.    We want to hear from employees and IT ...

We need your feedback on Dell's 12G servers

Duration: Apr 4, 2012 - Apr 16, 2012

Status: Archived

Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation Servers and solutions were designed based on feedback from more than 7000 customers around the world. The new servers introduce significant improvements in compute performance, systems management, power efficiency, and storage/virtualization/memory density over previous generations of Dell products.    Also based on customer suggestions, Dell has developed new techno...

Tell us what you think about the new IdeaStorm!

Duration: Mar 21, 2012 - Apr 9, 2012

Status: Archived

Welcome to IdeaStorm 2.0 Please take some time to look around at the new features on the site and get used to the feel of the new user interface.  Once you do, we would like to invite you to leave your feedback and let us know if there are any features you would like to see added in the future. 

Dell Outlet needs your help creating a new interactive buying guide.

Duration: Feb 20, 2012 - Mar 5, 2012

Status: Archived

We are in the process of creating a new Dell Outlet buying guide to help customers make the right decisions when upgrading their system or buying their next computer. Some of the new features will be: Customers will be able to pick the kind of system they are interested in, answer a few questions and we’ll suggest the best suitable computer to meet their needs. Customers needing parts for their ...

Help us celebrate IdeaStorm's 5th birthday

Duration: Feb 16, 2012 - Feb 17, 2012

Status: Archived

When IdeaStorm launched five years ago it was a groundbreaking effort to gather ideas from our customers. Over the years the site has evolved to include: Storm Sessions for targeted ideation around specific topics, added Idea Partners to improve feedback from inside Dell and recently the Rockstar program was launched to recognize members for their contributions to the community. Soon we will be launching an upd...

Is mobile technology changing how you do business?

Duration: Jan 9, 2012 - Jan 30, 2012

Status: Archived

Mobile technology is changing the way business is done. Smartphones account for 75% of all mobile phones sold in 2011 and smartphones in the employee base is driving 86% of companies to develop ways for personal devices to access the business network. The productivity benefits are clear as this iPass report shows that mobile employees work 240 more hours per year. Dell is building a mobile ...

How can the Internet help employees help their businesses be more sustainable?

Duration: Dec 19, 2011 - Jan 16, 2012

Status: Archived

Dell and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) are working together to gather ideas for how the Internet and social media can improve business sustainability. This is the second in the series. For more information go here. Employees are critical to businesses being environmentally sustainable. They are the people who make the day-to-day decisions and take the actions that lead to energy savings, smarter packag...

Your feedback is needed on the archival of older ideas.

Duration: Dec 7, 2011 - Dec 13, 2011

Status: Archived

Currently we are in the midst of working on the next version of IdeaStorm. We plan on gathering feedback from the community on features, functions and layouts as the project progresses. This will be the first of such Storm Sessions.  One of the issues we face on IdeaStorm is the vast amount of older ideas on the site that many have referred to as "clutter". We are looking to improve the functionality...


Please see our Ideas in Action update at http://t.co/w72EzLC3 which explains the criteria which will be used for archiving as a result of this Storm Session. Thank you for the feedback!

How can the Internet drive innovation for sustainable business

Duration: Oct 31, 2011 - Nov 21, 2011

Status: Archived

The internet is important - its effects range from changes to our daily social activities to being a powerful engine for economic growth.  However, this engine requires natural resources and energy to operate.  While its resource consumption is significant, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) technology's potential impact could dramatically outweigh its cost.  A sustainable economy needs t...

Dell Needs You! Help name Dell’s new retail program.

Duration: Oct 14, 2011 - Oct 22, 2011

Status: Archived

Want The Power to Do More? After listening to many of our valued customers, it became apparent that many of you wanted to chat with a trusted advisor when selecting the perfect solution to empower your computing needs. We want to help! This exciting new program allows customers to visit a local location to experience hands on product demonstrations, personalized solutions consultation, or simpl...

Your feedback is needed on Dell's newest purchase program.

Duration: Oct 11, 2011 - Oct 18, 2011

Status: Archived

Dell wants to reward and provide greater value to our most valued consumers. The analogy is Amazon Prime or Zappos VIP…which provide increased value to the most valued consumers.   The platform might be called:  Dell More   THE OFFERING: More Protection - TOTAL PROTECTION for 1 year = Warranty includes premium hardware and software support, Accidental Damage, In home consultation wh...

How can Dell help empower women business leaders?

Duration: Sep 26, 2011 - Oct 11, 2011

Status: Archived

  Women share a unique perspective and approach to business, technology enables businesses everywhere to use data and reach customers in unprecedented ways. What’s important is not the technology itself, but what it enables you to do. Dell’s Women Powering Business initiative strives to help women entrepreneurs and technologists expand their networks while offering capabilities to help them u...

What are you looking at in laptop displays?

Duration: Aug 22, 2011 - Sep 3, 2011

Status: Archived

  One of the hottest topics today on Ideastorm revolves around Dell providing a higher resolution display option than what is currently the industry standard for mainstream laptops. Several of you have weighed in and indicated you would be interested in a resolution higher than 1366 x 768 resolution display on mainstream laptops. As part of Dell’s ongoing investment in products that reflect the features...

Alienware M18x, plenty big or not big enough?

Duration: Aug 8, 2011 - Aug 23, 2011

Status: Archived

With an 18.4” LCD the Alienware M18x is by no means small on viewing real estate. Of course this form factor affords more space to push the performance to an unrivaled level already.. but is the M18x all it can be or could you ask for more?! We’d like to hear what you’ve got to say. What do you like, dislike and what are you interested in seeing next on the Alienware M18x http://www.dell.com/us/p/...

How would you change the Alienware out-of-the-box experience?

Duration: Jul 25, 2011 - Aug 6, 2011

Status: Archived

At Alienware we like to show our appreciation for our customers by including a few things in the box to surprise and delight new system owners. In the past we’ve included mouse pads, hats, tool kits, stickers and more. Overall, the reactions we’ve seen are positive (check out the many unboxing videos on YouTube like this one: Alienware Aurora ALX Unboxing - Although it’s a bit d...

Offering Alienware Cases for Sale

Duration: Jul 11, 2011 - Jul 25, 2011

Status: Archived

Several months ago, many of you began to voice a desire to purchase Alienware cases by themselves, both on Ideastorm and Alienware Arena and here.  We're really pleased that the design and features of our cases have generated this type of response. While we're obviously in the business of selling turn-key gaming rigs, we recognize that many gamers prefer the DIY route for the fun and unlimited customizati...

Help Celebrate IdeasStorm's Fourth Birthday

Duration: Feb 17, 2011 - Feb 18, 2011

Status: Archived

When IdeaStorm launched four years ago today, not only did the site set an early precedent for the social media space, but the launch also connected a community of passionate people who generated tons of great ideas - ranging from offering Linux as an OS option on Dell hardware, to suggesting our partnership with Product (RED), and many customer support improvements. Great ideas from an amazing community. ...

What can Dell do to make IdeaStorm better?

Duration: Nov 18, 2010 - Dec 3, 2010

Status: Archived

Dell (and specifically, the Social Media and Community Team) would like to hear your ideas on how to take IdeaStorm to the next level, and specifically, how to make IdeaStorm a more engaging and vibrant ideas community. What type of involvement would you like to see from Dell? What features would you like to see on the site? What ideas do you have for updating the idea submission and refinement process? We want to ...

Do you prefer customization or options that deliver in 48 hours?

Duration: Jul 19, 2010 - Jul 31, 2010

Status: Archived

When purchasing a business laptop, do you prefer the ability to customize your laptop or having your laptop ship next business day after order confirmation? Dell is now offering the Vostro 3000 series featuring fixed configurations that are in stock and ship next business day after ordering. If you are interested in fixed configurations that are in stock, what features do you want to see?

Is Out-of-Band (OOB) Monitoring the new paradigm for server management?

Duration: Jul 17, 2010 - Jul 24, 2010

Status: Archived

Is Out-of-Band monitoring the optimal way to monitor your I/T infrastructure including servers? Out-of-Band management is typically built into the server (usually in a dedicated embedded service processor) thus allowing access to server monitoring features without the need for installing a monitoring agent in the OS. In-Band monitoring using OS-based agents has been another popular way to know the health and statu...

CERES Conference Attendees: Topics of interest?

Duration: May 3, 2010 - May 18, 2010

Status: Archived

Dell reports on nearly 100 indicators of corporate responsibility from environmental stewardship to ethics and accountability. Are there other topics you’d like to for us to report on? Which ones? Check out reports at www.dell.com/corporateresponsibility

CERES Conference Attendees: Updates on information?

Duration: May 3, 2010 - May 18, 2010

Status: Archived

Dell releases its corporate responsibility summary report each summer, and then provides a progress report at the beginning of our fiscal year. Is an annual summary report followed by a progress report enough? How frequently should Dell provide updates? And in what format? You can find these at www.dell.com/crreport.  

favorite media to read about Corporate Responsibility?

Duration: May 3, 2010 - May 17, 2010

Status: Archived

   Where do you like to read about a company’s Corporate Responsibility?  Dell reports on nearly 100 indicators of corporate responsibility, from environmental stewardship to social responsibility to ethics and accountability, at www.dell.com/corporateresponsibility. What sources (CR reports, news stories, commercials, organizations, Web sites) typically shape your perception that a com...

How does Dell's Corporate Responsibility influence your purchase decision?

Duration: May 3, 2010 - May 16, 2010

Status: Archived

Corporate responsibility is a priority for us, from environmental stewardship to social responsibility to ethics and accountability. Does it influence your purchase? Customers tell us it’s important to them, but does it influence you? If it does influence your purchase decision, what are you taking into consideration? The company’s operations, green products, energy-efficiency, packaging, recycling ...

Got Virtualization?

Duration: Mar 31, 2010 - Apr 30, 2010

Status: Archived

What is the biggest factor that is preventing your organization from moving forward with virtualization?


Thanks to all who responded to the Virtualization question posted on Dell’s Storm Session platform last month. We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers. This is one way we get to hear directly from you.

As part of our online site for small and medium business we feature our Solutions Learning Center in which virtualization is one of our focus areas. We asked this specific question to pinpoint where the knowledge gaps around Virtualization are so our team can provide helpful content around this subject.

With the feedback you have provided here we know we need to provide more information on:

  1. The benefits of virtualization
  2. The product architecture of virtualization
  3. Specific use cases

Look for this new content, events and tools in the Virtualization area of Dell’s Solutions Learning Center - July 2010.

Thanks again for your participation. We look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

The Future of Education and Social Media

Duration: Mar 12, 2010 - Apr 9, 2010

Status: Archived

You know what’s missing in this classroom…   Now can you tell us what’s missing from Social Media? We drive change in everything we do, but change begins in the minds of savvy educators. By contributing valuable insight and input you can make the education of tomorrow a reality today. That’s why we want to hear from you. We are looking for all creative minds in the education wo...


Thank you for the interesting variety of great ideas and concepts. We are processing your feedback and will get back to the community with our thoughts.

How can we cut complexity from our processes?

Duration: Mar 9, 2010 - Mar 20, 2010

Status: Archived

As you’re likely aware, a key tenet of Client Reinvention is finding ways to eliminate complexity. On behalf of our small business customers everywhere, please join me in identifying ways we can cut complexity from our processes. Have an idea for a better way we can capture and share customer feedback more efficiently? Shorten development cycle times? Leverage partners more effectively? Get products into custome...

How is Remedy Working for You?

Duration: Mar 4, 2010 - Mar 13, 2010

Status: Archived

In Q3 of FY10, Dell IT replaced the old DAISY trouble ticket system with the new Remedy system. Remedy was designed to streamline how you report your IT-related issues when compared to the old DAISY process. Since launch in October, the new Remedy has processed 845,000 trouble tickets, with 240,000 submissions from self-service. As we get closer to the six-month anniversary of the launch, we’d like to hear what you ...

What do you want your customers to tell you?

Duration: Feb 4, 2010 - Feb 16, 2010

Status: Archived

Have you ever said ”I wish I could ask my customers what they think of our (fill in the blank).” There is an avenue to do just that, making it ironic that Dell would launch an Employee Storm Session about IdeaStorm Storm Sessions. In December 2009 Dell launched Storm Sessions where Dell is asking the customer “What are YOUR ideas around a specific topic?” These Storm Sessions are targeted to the needs of Dell...


Thank you for your submissions to this Storm Session. There are many great ideas around a variety of topics. We have taken all of these ideas for feedback on the Dell brand, products, services and customer pain points and are incorporating them into the pipeline of upcoming storm sessions. We will have several sessions starting up soon that will ask what Dell can do to enhance our customers and their experiences at Dell. Thank you for these great ideas and keep your eyes on IdeaStorm.

Dell Facebook: To “FAN” or not to “FAN”… What do you think?

Duration: Jan 25, 2010 - Feb 9, 2010

Status: Archived

Dell continually strives to connect with customers where and how they want. Along with IdeaStorm, Direct2Dell, the forums and Twitter, our customers can also talk with us on Facebook. We currently have Facebook pages focused on products for home use, social media for small businesses, deals on products and more. - If you are a Dell “FAN”, tell us why. Then tell us what else you would like to see in...

Mobile Technology Desires

Duration: Dec 12, 2009 - Jan 2, 2010

Status: Archived

This year Dell has expanded its mobile technology offering beyond the standard laptops by embedding 3G technology in its Mini 10 netbook and the introduction of the new Mini 3 in China, a sleek and slim new multi-touch smart phone. As part of our Global strategy and Dell’s ongoing investment in smarter, more mobile products, we are reaching out to the community to ask what capabilities YOU want to see in the...


Thank you for all the ideas! We will get back to you on exactly what ideas we will put into action and when.

Help us redesign our Support page for home users

Duration: Dec 12, 2009 - Jan 16, 2010

Status: Archived

As part of our effort to serve you better, we are redesigning our main support page for home users. Your input is crucial in designing a page that best meets your needs. Please visit the Dell Support Home Page and review our current design. Then give us your ideas on what design improvements you would make and why.