Ingram Micro Gives VARs High SignBy Jessica Davis | Print
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The distributor creates a new division for digital signage solutions.Looking to capture more of a fast-growing market for channel partners, Ingram Micro has launched a new division devoted to digital signage solutions.
The division will focus on selling digital signs, both LCD and plasma-based, as well as the products that work behind the scenes to enable digital signage.
"The channel as a whole is seeing high double-digit growth in this market," said Kevin Prewett, vice president of vendor management for the IT distribution giant and leader of the new division. "We are right in line with that and tracking higher than the overall channel."
The new division currently employs about 10 people, including some for a technical support desk and some business development managers who are field deployable, plus some marketing specialists, Prewett said.
"We have plans to add more as the business grows next year," he said.
Digital signage is seeing particularly strong growth in verticals such as doctors' offices and hospitals, college campuses, and houses of worship, according to Prewett. The distributor identifies a new vertical opportunity for digital signage about once a month.
VARs who are particularly well-suited for a digital signage specialty include those who specialize in networking, according to Prewett. In addition, Ingram Micro will target audio/video professionals as potential partners.
"Creating a new division for this creates focus and gives us more freedom to operate out of the box," Prewett said. "But it also creates accountability."