Tech Data hosts product launches every day, but Windows 7 is in class of its own
Wake up -- surely you're up by now! -- and good morning.(Sorry for the belated morning posting but I've been running full tilt since the 6:40 a.m. WFLA radio interview about Windows 7, a breakfast with Hyundai officials bullish on their brand's prospects, and an interview with Draper Laboratory) Now on to the blog posting for Thursday morning.
I spent some time at Clearwater's Tech Data Corp. yesterday (photo courtesy of Tech Data) which has been gearing up for today's anticipated launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. The company's main building is called the Raymund Center, named for former CEO Steve Raymund, as it has been known for two year -- an embarrassing reminder how long it has been since I visited.
I had some face time with CEO Bob Dutkowsky who characterized Windows 7 as an "interesting" launch and reminded me that Tech Data, as a distributor of PCs, software, routers, servers, printers, Apple products and a bazillion other hardware and software products from 400 vendors, literally has a new product launch every single day of the year.
Windows 7 is still a big deal. There was some clear electricity at Tech Data as it gears up for what they hope will be a very brisk year of sales -- of new PCs, printers, software, peripherals, etc -- leveraging off the new Windows 7 arrival. Here's my column about Tech Data's prep for Windows 7 that appeared in Thursday's St. Petersburg Times.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist