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She, along with Laprade and Freshwater, were somewhat puzzled by the fact that 31.2 percent of VARs expect their notebook business to decline.
"That's bizarre. It's not a core business for us, but we see steady growth from one year to the next," Levi said.
Many Altek customers are still willing to buy laptops from the solution provider than through a cheaper alternative, Levi said.
Laprade said the increase in smartphones might be responsible for a perceived decrease of business in notebooks: "People are using their phones as a substitute for a notebook," he said.
In addition, VARs might be expecting a decrease in notebook sales because they know customers can source them elsewhere more cheaply but still need the VAR for more complex products and services.
"We stopped selling that type of hardware a long time ago [because] it's such a commodity," Laprade said.
Regarding other categories, Levi said she has high expectations for wireless infrastructure (66.9 percent) and unified communications/VoIP (64.5 percent).
Other categories where at least two-thirds of VARs expect business to increase include: workgroup color printers (73 percent); data and information management (69.9); external portable hard drives (68.4); middleware applications (67.6); and wireless infrastructure (66.9).
The remaining categories include: midrange servers (65.9 percent); volume mainstream business servers (62.7); displays (58.0); and network storage (51.6).
"We anticipate wireless to be a big growth area. Partly because security is very good on wireless and the speeds are good. You can deploy it and feel comfortable now. It's getting to that point where it's ready for prime time," she said. "And we still see growth in telephony. We still see lot of companies doing refreshes on VoIP, the first adopters. We expect pretty good growth in that."
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