|By Business Wire||
|August 8, 2013 11:02 AM EDT||
SED International Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SED), completed its first Touch focus group partnered with Microsoft and Lenovo July 18th in Atlanta. This cutting edge event hosted reseller companies from various geographic regions to discuss opportunities around the growing SMB touch market. The benefits of the event went far beyond information sessions alone and extended into business planning geared towards equipping resellers with the knowledge and marketing resources needed to dominate in the emerging and exciting touch market.
The sessions kicked off with Dan Shapero, Founder ClikCloud, providing a research overview and market trends driving touch technology. Dan brought a wealth of expertise in devising go-to-market strategies for the technology industry. Dan has a proven track record of driving revenue growth, and his enthusiasm, energy and ability to execute have benefited a wide range of hi-tech companies. Dan and Robert O’Malley, SED’s President and CEO, co-authored a whitepaper titled “Is Your Business Built for Touch?” which was released at the event.
“SED is really taking the lead in driving awareness, understanding, and readiness of its VAR partners on the opportunities surrounding touch devices. This event was a great combination of insightful information delivered directly from Microsoft and its partners, and interactive discussion among all the participants. Our VAR attendees seemed to really embrace Microsoft’s message around the market opportunities surrounding Touch devices. Microsoft looks forward to being a part of SED’s next Touch event,” said Vic Barakat, Senior OEM Distributor PAM, Microsoft Corporation.
Microsoft’s Bret Rohloff, OEM Technical Marketing Lead, led an interactive discussion on touch infrastructure from an operating standpoint. That discussion was followed by Chun Lee, Lenovo US Distribution Leader, taking the group through touch technology from Lenovo’s perspective. Lee’s session covered Lenovo’s exciting array of hardware and the market opportunity driving touch.
“SED has partnered with Lenovo in educating VAR’s on the opportunities surrounding Windows XP migration, new touch devices, and upcoming industry trends. Knowledge is key to building the right strategy, with the right OS on the right set of devices. Lenovo’s focus is to train VAR’s on how to navigate device confusion and changes to worker productivity to recommend the right business investment for their customers. The SED authored Touch whitepaper coupled with Lenovo’s Combat demo kits provides VAR’s a hands on solution when discussing OS/hardware refresh. Lenovo looks forward to continuing this important dialogue with more VARs with SED,” said Chun Lee, US Distribution Leader, Lenovo North America.
The later part of the event was utilized as a workshop for personalized business plan development. The group ended the productive day with the rollout of 10 end user SMB leads for real life execution of Lenovo touch devices into the marketplace.
“We believe that by addressing the SMB market with Lenovo Touch solutions, including the marketing support SED is offering, will positively impact our business,” said Jimmy Maher, President and Owner, Computer Warehouse of Central Florida.
SED’s Touch Events are helping to give resellers a clear market advantage in this explosive growth area. If you are a reseller interested in this important project or for a copy of SED’s white paper, “Is Your Business Built for Touch?” please call SED at 1.800.444.8962.
About SED International Holdings, Inc.
Founded in 1980, SED International Holdings, Inc. is a multinational, preferred distributor of leading computer technology, consumer electronics and small appliance products. The company also offers custom-tailored supply chain management services ideally suited to meet the priorities and distribution requirements of the e-commerce, Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer markets. Headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia with business operations in California; Florida; Georgia; New Jersey; Bogota, Colombia and Buenos Aires, Argentina, SED serves a customer base of over 10,000 channel partners and retailers in the United States, Latin America, and Caribbean. To learn more, please visit www.SEDonline.com.