MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Ingram Micro Inc., (NYSE: IM), a leading technology sales,
marketing, and logistics company, today held the Linux Education Forum, one part in a
series of educational Knowledge Forums in Canada designed for resellers and their
technology end users.
The forum provided information on products, solutions and support for Linux and other open
source-based software technologies. More than 70 vendors, resellers and their customer
partners attended the event today held at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga, Ontario.
“We are committed to giving our partners every business advantage available to them. Our
Knowledge Forum series addresses the changing IT landscape and the business demands placed
upon our resellers and their end customers. The Linux platform provides a growth
opportunity for our customers -- resellers can gain new business deals by becoming more
familiar with the technologies and solutions available to them in this market,” said Murray
Wright, general manager, Ingram Micro Canada.
According to IDC between 2003 and 2008, the Canadian Linux O/S market is expected to grow
from $3.2 million in license and maintenance revenues to $7.3 million, with expected server
shipments with Linux installed estimated to grow from US$92 million to US$263 million. The
Linux Education Forum consists of a series of seminars followed by a demo fair where
resellers and end users can interact with vendors in identifying Linux-based opportunities,
understanding the solutions available and total cost savings of migrating to Linux O/S.
Guest speaker Mark Smith, author of Linux in the Boardroom, spoke about Linux O/S
opportunities and solutions by migrating to the Linux platform. “Technology resellers need
to know how to make Linux work for their customers. There are some very simple things that
they can do to get started. It doesn’t require a lot of time and money, just a few smart
questions and some intelligent answers,” said Mark Smith, Outsource Channel Executives Inc.,
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Solution providers focused on enterprise, mid-market space, public sector and small- to
medium-sized business (SMB) targeting those technology buyers looking to migrate from UNIX
to Linux will receive educational, technical and product support from Ingram Micro’s emerging
technology go-to-market strategy.
Ingram Micro is building a technology solutions set that customers can combine to create a
stable and reliable open source architecture. Ingram Micro’s Linux and other open source
software, and hardware technologies from leading manufacturers include HP, IBM Hardware,
IBM Software, Net Integration, Novell, Red Hat, Apple and Net IQ.
The Knowledge Forums is a series of three separate training and education sessions focused
on Linux, Mac and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) held throughout 2004 and 2005.
Technology manufacturers and solution providers requesting more information on Ingram
Micro’s Linux and open source sales opportunities or the Knowledge Forums should contact
their Ingram Micro sales or marketing representative.
About Ingram Micro
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability
opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced
logistics services, technical support, financial services, and product aggregation and
distribution. The company serves 100 countries and is the only global IT distributor with
operations in Asia.
Visit http://www.ingrammicro.com/corp or in Canada