Celebrates First Anniversary celebrates its first anniversary. One year ago, the editors of VARBusiness magazine and CRN launched, a site designed to meet the unique needs of professionals engaged in building systems or integrating white box technologies for their customers. provides a mix of news, how-to articles called Recipes, opinion columns, and discussion forums, and all its content is carefully selected by TechBuilder's editors to ensure its relevance for system builders. System builders today are a crossroads in their business model as they struggle with margin pressure, price competition from major hardware manufacturers and the realization they must grow their services revenue. has helped identify new market opportunities for systems builders such as expansion into the notebook space. Recent research from CRN shows that unbranded notebooks, or "whitebooks," are now tied with Dell notebooks as the most profitable PC systems available in the channel. This finding is a milestone for system builders, confirming the vital importance of system builders to customer organizations, and reinforcing the need for an online community that supports their information needs.

Since's launch in October 2003, the site has passed some impressive milestones:

Frank Ohlhorst, director of CRN Labs, said, " has proven to be a valuable resource for systems builders the world over. It's driven by knowledgeable writers who know how to get into the nitty-gritty of designing and implementing a custom solution. TechBuilder is quickly becoming the first place to visit when you need to know the latest in technology and how to build it for your customers."

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In the coming year, will be adding a number of new features including new system builder recipes, blogs and research from CRN and VARBusiness.

PETER KRASS is the Managing Editor of