As you head to Accelerate 2014 this week, think about the smartphone, tablet or desktop you carry with you. Think about how important those devices are, and how it would affect you if you broke or lost of one of them.

In recent years, with our increased reliance on cloud computing, we’ve been led to believe the hardware is not that important. All that matters is the data. But what if you have just taken some photos or written a new report that you didn’t back up before the device malfunctioned or got lost? You certainly wouldn’t question the importance of the hardware then.

We all carry unique data in our devices that we want to keep safe and secure. It’s easier to do that if the devices used to store the data are durable and dependable. The quality of the hardware is quintessential to our satisfaction and happiness with the device.

You’ve told us you want device diversity and innovation, and we will show our commitment to both. While our competitors change their minds on what platforms and devices to support, we have been busy assembling a diverse portfolio of devices to address the needs and preferences of all end users.

Our growing portfolio includes servers, workstations, desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and convertible PCs that combine tablet and notebook features. As our business partners, you can leverage the diversity in our portfolio to consult with customers and help them match devices to the specific needs of their various end-user groups.

We recognize so much product variety may sometimes cause confusion, so we will address any questions, suggestions and concerns at Accelerate. We want to hear from you how we can best support you in doing business with customers. As my colleague, Stephen Miller, said in a previous LinkedIn post, come prepared to share.

If you haven’t looked at the Accelerate 2014 agenda, you can do so here. There will be plenty of activity, and you have a multitude of workshops and breakout sessions from which to choose.

Figure out which topics are most important to you to plan your time appropriately. If you’re interested in learning more about servers or how to deal with device confusion, be sure to work those sessions into your schedule. Other session topics include the education market, Lenovo services, product roadmaps, and how to grow your profits with Lenovo.

We hope to see you at Accelerate, but if you can’t be there, follow the conversation at Lenovo Partner Network LinkedIn Group or #LenovoAccelerate for updates.