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Patent Issued for Online Sales Method for Information Handling Systems and Related Peripherals

August 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent by the inventors Zucker, Brian T. (Austin, TX); Boles, William L. (Austin, TX), filed on September 13, 2012, was published online on August 5, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8799517 is assigned to Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to configuring information handling system and more particularly to an online sales method for providing performance information regarding an intended use of the information handling system.

"As the value and use of information continues to increase, individuals and businesses seek additional ways to process and store information. One option available to users is information handling systems. An information handling system generally processes, compiles, stores, and/or communicates information or data for business, personal, or other purposes thereby allowing users to take advantage of the value of the information. Because technology and information handling needs and requirements vary between different users or applications, information handling systems may also vary regarding what information is handled, how the information is handled, how much information is processed, stored, or communicated, and how quickly and efficiently the information may be processed, stored, or communicated. The variations in information handling systems allow for information handling systems to be general or configured for a specific user or specific use such as financial transaction processing, airline reservations, enterprise data storage, or global communications. In addition, information handling systems may include a variety of hardware and software components that may be configured to process, store, and communicate information and may include one or more computer systems, data storage systems, and networking systems.

"It is known to sell information handling systems online, often with a configuration system that allows for the selection of components and their associated prices. In certain known configuration systems, the only characteristic presented with each selection is the price of the selection. Additional effort is often required by the purchaser to research specific differences if the differences are not clearly pointed out on the configuration page.

"When a customer is trying to configure a high end information handling system such as is often used for gaming purposes, there is usually very little information presented regarding each specific item and how it will effect the gaming experience. The effect on the gaming experience is usually related to the performance of the information handling system or peripheral.

"It would be desirable to provide a customer with information regarding how each choice or change to an information handing system in the configurator would effect the performance of the information handling system for a certain game or class of games."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In accordance with the present invention, a configurator is provided with the ability to present to a user how each choice or change to an information handling system would effect the performance of the information handling system for an intended use. More specifically, during an online sales process, the customer is first presented with potential intended uses for the information handling system such as a list of gaming genres or gaming titles for which the information handling system to be purchased is targeted to use along with a base or recommended configuration. The configuration process proceeds with each discrete choice now presented to the user not only with the price but also with the specific system performance impact of that item, such as showing a Frame Per Second indication. A new set of fields are provided for each item in the configuration database and may be proportional to the number of gaming genres or titles presented to the customer at the first selection screen. As the customer proceeds through the configuration process the total price of the configured information handling system is presented along with the performance data.

"More specifically, in one embodiment the invention relates to a system for enabling configuration of an information handling system. The system includes a configurator, a checkout module and a database. The configurator configures an information handling system with options selected according to user input. The configurator includes a validator and a performance information module. The validator validates configuration of the system. Performance information based upon the options selected by the user during configuration of the information handling system are provided by the performance information module. Payment options and obtaining payment and delivery information are presented by the checkout module. The database receives information from and supplies information to the configurator.

"In another embodiment, the invention relates to an apparatus for enabling configuration of an information handling system. The apparatus includes a configuration module, a checkout module and a database. The configuration module enables configuring a system with options selected according to user input. The configuration module includes a validation module and a performance information module. The validation module validates configuration of the system. Performance information based upon the options selected by the user during configuration of the information handling system are provided by the performance information module. Payment options and obtaining payment and delivery information are presented by the checkout module. The database receives information from and supplies information to the configurator.

"In another embodiment, the invention relates to a method for configuring an information handling system. The method includes configuring a system with options selected according to user input. The configuring includes validating configuration of the system and presenting performance information based upon the options selected by the user during configuration of the information handling system."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Zucker, Brian T.; Boles, William L.. Online Sales Method for Information Handling Systems and Related Peripherals. U.S. Patent Number 8799517, filed September 13, 2012, and published online on August 5, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8799517.PN.&OS=PN/8799517RS=PN/8799517

Keywords for this news article include: Dell Products L.P., Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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