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What to expect at Accelerate 2013?

What to expect at Accelerate 2013?

Lenovo Accelerate 2013 is finally upon us!  It is warm and sunny outside, but things are also heating up inside.  Registration is now open, presenters are gearing up for their workshops and finishing touches are being made to the product showcase.   For those of you who attended last year, the showcase layout should look familiar with some slight changes.  For newbies like myself, there’s a method to the madness.  Lenovo product booths and sponsor booths form a diamond shape in the middle of the room and training sessions will be held in breakout rooms along the walls. The setup looks amazing! Like the rest of you, I want to know what is in store for us this week.  To give us some insight, I interviewed North America Channel Marketing Manager Kelly Bowen.  Kelly is a seven year veteran at Lenovo and has spent four and a half years in sales as well as two years creating enablement to support the North America ThinkPad Team.  She is also in charge of the evening events for Accelerate 2013. Annabelle: Is this your first Accelerate? Kelly: Yes.  When I worked on the brand team, we traveled to show products to our business partners, but I’ve never participated in an event on this scale and with such an amazing product line-up.  We will have over 600 people in Vegas and we will show them everything from our new Windows 8 Touch product portfolio to how we’re entering the PC+ era. ...

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Accelerate 2013

Accelerate 2013

In only a few days, Accelerate 2013 will begin at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  My adrenaline is pumping and Europe’s The Final Countdown feels like an apropos theme song as the production crew is putting the final touches on everything prior to welcoming you to this 3-day event we’ve been affectionately calling ‘Lenovopalooza’. Things you should know: 1. Keeping up with Accelerate 2013 happenings is easy: For event Information: www.lenovoaccelerate.com To follow us online:  blog.lenovo.com/reseller-partners To follow us on Twitter: @LenovoChannelNA To see images from the frontline: Flickr Page 2. Onsite registration 11 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the main hallway outside the Islander Ballroom. 3. Conference Badge Considerate it your VIP pass to all activities we have planned for you.   You need to have it during all sessions, meals and functions.  Wear it with pride! If you lose your conference badge, come to the registration desk for a replacement. Your original badge will be deactivated and cannot be used. No unregistered guests will be allowed to attend event functions. 4. Our Sponsors None of this is possible without the...

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Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes

We’re excited to host more than 600+ business partners, customers, sales force members and media at Accelerate this year.  The week will feature a series of impactful and open conversations between Lenovo executives, customers, and partners; and we hope you’ll follow along here on our blog. The team’s worked for months to pull everything together, and it’s the little details that are striking reminders of our commitment to Lenovo and to you, our business partners.  Whether you’re greeted by Lenovo employees, escorted through the hotel to the various events and breakout sessions by Lenovo guides and signage, meeting face-to-face with our executive team and ambassadors, or amazed by our state of the art technical displays, please know that we have carefully planned this week to maximize your experience. For those of you joining for the first time, we have an incredible line-up for you. Monday, April 29 After registering downstairs in the convention center, be sure to check out our workshops from 1pm-4pm.  Whether you want to know more about selling our products into verticals, maximizing your sales efficiency, or how to win in a consumerized world, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn how to ‘Lead with Lenovo’ in a  PC+ era.  For more information, check out our website.  (I’ll also keep you updated on these and other...

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Race to Accelerate

Race to Accelerate

Well, all, it’s that time of year….Accelerate 2013! It’s time for all of us to pack our bags; trek to Clark County; Nevada; and appreciate the 28th largest city the United States offers. I, for one, am excited to visit the canals of Venice; go on a hot-air balloon ride to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris; relax in the baths of Rome; and end the night following that bright blue beacon of hope to the Great Sphinx of Giza. Sound familiar?  No?  Good, because if you did that in past years or find yourself near the Spinx at the end of your night this year, you’re in the wrong hotel.  We’re not judging… We hope you enjoy yourself thoroughly.  It’s all about perspective, my friends.  In the wise words of smooth-talking Vince Vaughn in the movie classic ‘Swingers,’ I’m talking about ‘Vegas, baby, Vegas’. If you’ve been lucky enough to make this annual pilgrimage with us, you understand the joy and sensory overload that is about unfold.  It’s called Accelerate 2013, and it’s taking place here:  http://www.mandalaybay.com/. Lenovo knows there’s no better way to host our largest Channel Partner Forum, unveil the latest in cool technology, industry trends and partner programs than in the lap of luxury.  Enter the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino—a hotel so opulent that...

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Lenovo Windows 8 Ultraportables

Lenovo Windows 8 Ultraportables

By Annabelle Thuan, NA Channel Marketing Manager   It’s hard to imagine that the market is shrinking when Forrester Research predicts that consumers will buy a record 292.5 million tablets from 2010 to 2016 and more than 1/3 of U.S. adults will own mobile devices.  In addition, the industry’s push to hybrid devices and convertibles has gotten a boost these last 2 quarters with Microsoft’s next-generation, touch-optimized OS, Windows 8. Lenovo is betting big on Windows 8.  It’s co-launching training events with Microsoft nationwide and making sure the latest business ThinkPads come preinstalled with the new OS.  Several new devices have been launched under the Ultraportable portfolio, including: ThinkPads T430u, Tablet 2, X230 tablet, Twist, and X1 Carbon.  Today, we’ll discuss two that carry Windows 8. Lenovo’s Ergonomic Headliners ThinkPad Tablet 2 and ThinkPad Twist are gaining momentum and represent a fundamental evolution in the way people do business.  SMBs need to be nimble to compete, grow and succeed.  This is why they need products that are light, durable, reliable and versatile.  Let’s take a closer look at how Lenovo and Microsoft have worked together to create a user experience that is smooth and polished and has better performance than ever before. ThinkPad Tablet 2 ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a souped-up dynamo.  Unlike its Android-based predecessor,...

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