Notebooks And Desktop Sales Lead Growth In Branded Systems
In an otherwise slow hardware market, solution providers see strong growth potential in laptop and desktop sales. Some 64 percent of the VARs surveyed predicted laptop sales would increase next year, while 48 percent anticipate growth in desktops.
VARs say the growth in laptops reflects an ongoing shift to mobile systems and the robust health-care vertical with its heavy reliance on mobile computing devices. Meanwhile, desktop growth could be spurred by a long-anticipated refresh cycle. And some solution providers that are active in both the commercial and consumer markets say retail business is holding up despite the dour economic outlook.
"People are still spending money," said Rick Chernick, CEO of Camera Corner/Connecting Point, a solution provider in Green Bay, Wis. "I'm focusing on areas like health care, where you know people are still going to spend money. Education is still spending money and small and medium business is still spending money."