D&H Distributing is opening its 2013 trade show schedule with the 11th Annual West Coast Technology Show on March 14 at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills, Calif. Registration starts at 12:00 noon and seminars run from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit floor, with booths from more than 65 D&H vendor partners, will be open from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. The distributor expects roughly 500 reseller attendees.
The 2013 West Coast educational agenda includes presentations from Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, HP, Lenovo, and others. Topics will touch on developments in the marketplace, from the challenges of 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 other companies. 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 features a Microsoft Office Booth, enabling resellers to look at a functional office environment built around the new MS Office suite. Included will be solutions from 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.
These types of exhibits have historically been reseller favorites, according to the distributor, since they illustrate a real-world, hands-on scenario where networking components work together in one configuration.
At the end of the show, attendees can fill out a survey grading the event. Those who complete the survey will be eligible to win the entire bundled solution exhibited in the Microsoft Office Booth; winner to be announced after the event is closed.
The D&H trade shows were designed as active “selling shows,” so resellers will be offered special, show-floor-only discounts. The event is also not shy of prizes: One lucky 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)