HP Channel Chief: Distributors Now Taking TouchPad Pre-Orders


Stephen DiFranco, Hewlett Packard vice president and general manager, Solution Partners Organization - Americas, spoke with CRN about the company's commercial sales and distribution strategy for the company's eagerly anticipated WebOS based TouchPad which is scheduled to be released on July 1.

DiFranco, whose SPO organization has waged an aggressive campaign to get partners to build mobility practices with WebOS and the TouchPad, said HP's commercial distribution partners (Ingram Micro, Synnex, D&H Distributing and Tech Data) began taking solution provider pre-orders for the TouchPad this week. Below are excerpts from the question and answer session with DiFranco.

When will the TouchPad be available from HP distributors?