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SMB Nation has been serving the Bainbridge Island area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

D&H Distributing Reports 11% Growth This Quarter

dandhjpgEarlier today, D&H announced that is has seen an 11% growth rate in Q4 2013. Trends such as Mobility, and devices including tablets and servers have driven this high growth rate at D&H. The company is currently celebrating their 95th year.

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Gartner: PC Shipments to Decline 10.6%; Tablets to Increase 67.9%

Analyst firm Gartner has released a study revealing that traditional worldwide PC shipments are expected to decline 10.6 percent by the time the year is out; tablet shipments are expected to jump a whopping 67.9 percent by the time we ring in 2014!

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Product Review: Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix…our First Impressions

Late last month, I attended Lenovo’s Accelerate Partner Conference in Las Vegas, and I had the opportunity to chat with Ashley Rodrigue, Lenovo Ambassador, Lenovo Customer Care. Ashley spent time speaking with me regarding the company’s new ThinkPad Helix, which was launched at the event last month. So what were my first impressions of the product?: Lenovo knocks it out of the park with the ThinkPad Helix. It has everything you need to live in a digital world. The Helix is portable, flexible, user friendly and has a great batter life with Lenovo's attention to building a stable and robust product.

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D&H Experiencing 8% FY 2013 Growth Bolstered by Mobility, Tablet Sales

D&H Distributing reported today that is has experienced more than 8% growth for the 2013 Fiscal Year (ending April 30, 2013), fueled by sales of mobility products.  This figure is more than three times the organic growth rate achieved by IT distribution in general over the past year.  Tablet sales at D&H have tripled year-over-year, driven by strong showings from Android models in the seven- and 10-inch formats.  This year’s overall growth figure adds to D&H’s tally of more than 380 consecutive profitable quarters.

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IDC: Poor Holiday Sales, Cold Reception to Windows 8 Contributing to PC Market Decline

Despite intense industry efforts to overcome market inertia, 2012 nonetheless ended on a sour note with global PC shipment volume shrinking 3.7% on the year. With limited initial traction from Windows 8 in the holiday season, and continued pressure from tablets, IDC now expects 2013 PC shipments to decline by 1.3% in 2013, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

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Connected Intelligence Report Shows Shift in Online Activity to Mobile Devices

NPD Group Logo -Image Source: PRWeb-A report from Connected Intelligence, a division of The NPD Group, released yesterday shows that over a third of consumers (37%) have switched their main content access device from their PC to their tablet or smartphone.  According to the report, the two most common areas of change are with Facebook and general web browsing.

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Friday Afternoon Club with: Chris Frey, Lenovo’s VP North American Channels

I always enjoy having the opportunity to engage in a one-to-one conversation with members of our community--VARs, MSPs and vendors alike. This week, my discussion was with Chris Frey, Lenovo’s VP North American Channels. During our 30-minute chat, Frey and I talked about everything from the top verticals Lenovo is targeting, the predictions related to the PC market, the company’s K-12 initiative and also the swirling rumors regarding the company’s takeover of BlackBerry, (which Frey said he could not discuss).

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IDC: Tablet Shipments Soar to Record Levels During Holiday Quarter

Tablets are taking over the IT world it seems, both on the consumer and B2B sides, and IDC has the data to prove it. According to the research firm, worldwide tablet shipments outpaced predictions reaching a record total of 52.5 million units worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), according to preliminary data from the firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

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