MIX Lounge @ Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Lenovo has taken over the ultra-hip MIX Lounge on the 64th floor at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay to wrap up day one. The lounge is packed and folks are enjoying the spectacular view of the Vegas strip from the balcony. This is the ultimate way to welcome partners to Vegas and encourage mingling between all of the attendees. The energy is high as we’re all anticipating tomorrow’s kickoff. Photos from MIX Lounge as well as the rest of the event can be found here. Check back each day as we will continue to upload more images. Annabelle Thuan NA Channel Marketing Manager
The workshops just let out, and I was lucky enough to catch Stephen Miller’s session on ‘How to Win in a Consumerized, Touch World.' Did you know that North America SMB spend on mobility-related products and services is predicted grow by 18% over the next five years? Or that 92% of the world is already using a Windows OS? Stephen’s really dynamic and he covers everything from how the rise of bring your own device culture (BYOD) has caused new logistical and budget constraints on SMBs to how they can protect themselves with proper mobile device management (MDM) when a workforce has a multi-platform ecosystem. In addition, Stephen introduces real world applications for Lenovo’s Windows 8 Touch product portfolio and winning strategies to migrate SMBs from Windows 7 all the way to Windows 8 Touch with Lenovo solutions. The other workshops included: Sales Efficiency: Leveraging Resources Competitive Deep Dive Winning Solutions with Lenovo Servers, Workstations and LenovoEMC Storage Selling Into Verticals You can learn more about each workshop here. We will make the presentations from each of these workshops available after Accelerate on this blog. So please check back!
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. ...
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...
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...