Dell Inc. is one of the world's largest technology-based corporations, employing more than 103,300 people worldwide. Named after its founder, Michael Dell, it was started in 1984, and became successful quite quickly with the public need for affordable, PC-compatible computers. One of the reasons for Dell's success was that its business model was a 'configure-to-order' set up, and involved making component-based computers based on individuals' specifications. This made it very popular, and very accessible, even for people who didn't know much about computers. It also has a policy of manufacturing its products relatively near to its customers, so people in the UK have British-made Dell computers and so on. This means that not only is the time shortened between ordering and receiving the items, but the manufacturers maintain a relatively small inventory, with the implementation of a 'just-in-time' approach. This ensures that the company doesn't lose money through the depreciation of components, which can happen very quickly in computing industries. Desktop computers, servers, and laptops have been Dell's specialty for years, and they haven't hit the market properly with tablets and mobile technology, due to design and quality issues. Dell's business and corporate classes of computing hardware have a strong reputation for reliability, long-life, and straightforward servicing. Their consumer classes of hardware are well-known for being good value, producing excellent, reliable performance, and for enabling the consumer to expand the system they buy, component-by-component. Dell also makes a wide range of associated hardware, such as USB pen drives, gaming systems, monitors, TVs, and printers.