Tech Data begins 2009 Technology Solutions Tour

CLEARWATER, Fla. (April 16, 2009) – IT products distributor Tech Data Corporation is hosting the first Technology Solutions Tour conference of the year in Washington, D.C. Throughout the event, IT resellers will engage leading vendors, industry experts and Tech Data executives to discuss the latest software and networking technologies, and the IT needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs).

In conjunction with the Technology Solutions Tour, Tech Data is hosting its annual TechEDG Government and Education Conference. TechEDG attendees are exploring strategies and sharing best practices for capitalizing on IT spending in the government and education markets. More than 260 resellers are slated to attend Tech Data's Technology Solutions Tour and TechEDG conferences.

"During our inaugural run last year, Tech Data's Technology Solutions Tour crisscrossed the country, attracting nearly 1,200 IT resellers,” said Tech Data Vice President, Marketing Services Katie Dumala. "Through expert-led sessions and vendor-engagement, the Technology Solutions Tour provides resellers with insight into market and technology trends, as well as valuable business-building advice like sales management, customer service and financing strategies.”

Additionally, the Technology Solutions Tour is an opportunity for resellers to ensure they are making the most of Tech Data's broad array of value-added services.

"The uncertainty and challenging nature of the economy is forcing many of our customers to re-evaluate their operations and business practices,” Dumala added. "One of our key messages at the Technology Solutions Tour is 'don't go it alone.' We are encouraging resellers to find new ways to leverage their Tech Data partnership. We can take on the time-consuming and costly tasks that keep their technicians out of the field and their salespeople from closing deals. From logistics and integration services to marketing and lead generation, Tech Data can help strengthen their businesses for the long term.”

Tech Data executives and services specialists will be available throughout the event to discuss how the distributor can enable resellers to operate more efficiently and profitably through services like custom configuration, credit and financing, industry leading e-business tools, technical training, TDAgency marketing support and more.

This week's Technology Solutions Tour will explore:

- Networking Solutions—Representatives from Tech Data's Networking Product Marketing Division will offer insight into the latest networking, telephony, IP physical security and wireless solutions. Tech Data provides specialized support for resellers focused on emerging networking technologies such as IP video surveillance, unified communications and outdoor wireless networking.

- Software Solutions—Software licensing specialists from Tech Data's Software Product Marketing Division will present the distributor's extensive array of dedicated support for software resellers. This includes its software licensing desk; online licensing tool LION; the automated software licensing retrieval tool MyLicenseTracker; and software license renewal tracking through MyLeadTracker.

- SMB Market Opportunities—Tech Data sales executives will engage attendees and discuss Tech Data's support for SMB resellers. Sessions also will include an expert-led business-building workshop to help resellers better manage their businesses, and learn how to identify and capitalize on IT trends in the SMB market.

Attendees also will have the opportunity for one-on-one engagement with leading vendor partners to discuss the channel's latest products, programs and promotions. Vendors attending this week's Technology Solutions Tour include 3Com, Avocent, D-Link, Enterasys, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Raritan, Red Hat, Ricoh, SECNAP, SonicWALL, Symantec and Transition Networks.

To learn more about Tech Data's Technology Solutions Tour or future scheduled stops in Tampa, Fla., July 22–23, or St. Louis, Sept. 17–18, visit the Technology Solutions Tour or call 800-237-8931.