D&H Distributing is opening its 2013 trade show schedule with the 11th Annual West Coast Technology Show next week on Thursday, March 14, at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills, CA. Registration starts at 12:00 noon and seminars run from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit floor, holding booths from more than 65 D&H vendor partners, will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The distributor expects upwards of 500 VARs in attendance.
The 2013 West Coast educational agenda includes presentations from Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, HP, Lenovo, and more. Topics will touch on some of the most provocative developments in the marketplace, from the challenges of the selling SMB cloud infrastructures, to Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013, to the evolution of the Ultrabook market. Registration for the show is free for D&H customers.
The event will feature recent innovations from Acer, ASUS, D-Link, Epson, Kensington, Lexmark, Linksys, Motorola, NETGEAR, NVIDIA, Ricoh, Samsung, Seagate, SonicWall, Sophos, Toshiba, ViewSonic and others. Vendors making their debut at the West Coast event include Amethyst Innovations Corporation (iPod/iPhone speakers), Ciil Technologies (waterproof outdoor displays), GUNNAR Optiks (computer eyewear), Intellinet Network Solutions (IC INTRACOM, networking products), j5 create (cables, converters, external video cards), Manhattan Products (peripherals), NTT Advanced Technology Corp. (videoconferencing), Power Bright Technologies (power solutions) and Tely Labs (HD Skype).
This year’s show also features a Microsoft Office Booth, giving resellers a look at a functional office environment built around the new MS Office suite. It will feature solutions from manufacturers including 3Dconnexion (3D mice), Acco (office supplies), APC, Casio, Cisco, Motorola, Gyration (motion-sensing mice), HP, Lexmark, NeatReceipts (digital filing), Plantronics, Samsung, SMK-Link (peripherals), Solidtek (peripherals), and Tripp Lite. Turn-key exhibits such as these are always a favorite with resellers, since they illustrate a real-world, hands-on scenario where networking components work together in a powerful configuration.
The event is also not shy of prizes: One winner at each seminar will receive a Case Logic 30-inch XN Urban Rolling Duffel. And one attendee will take home a Grand Prize of a 40-inch Ciil UltraView weatherproof LCD TV. Attendees will be issued a “D&H Passport,” to be stamped at various booths. Those who fill up their passports will be eligible to win an Xbox 360 gaming system.
The agenda for the West Coast Technology Show is as follows:
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Intel: The Evolution of the Ultrabook: Fresh New Designs and Technologies
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Microsoft: Windows 8 and Office 2013: Productivity Reimagined
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Cisco: Small Business Update: Security + Collaboration for Maximum Productivity
4:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner Buffet
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. HP: The HP Elite Experience - Built on Service, Performance and Design
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Lenovo: Learn How D&H & Lenovo Can Contribute to Your Server Success; the Tools, Support & Expertise to Drive $$ for Your Business!
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The 5 Challenges When Becoming a Cloudie (Cloud Reseller)