News | October 29, 2013

D&H Distributing Sponsors Windows XP Migration ‘Million Mile Tour'

North American computer products and consumer electronics distributor joins SMB Nation’s nationwide tour as official sponsor.

SMB Nation recently announced that major North American computer products and consumer electronics distributor D&H Distributing, has joined the Windows XP Migration Million Mile Tour as an official sponsor. The North America tour is bringing together small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to learn about the forthcoming April 8, 2014 deadline at which time support for Windows XP will terminate.

The tour includes a midday “Lunch and Learn” session for business ownersto discover why retiring Windows XP is important, and what the next steps are when it comes to selecting a new PC and operating system. Highlights include the security risks, productivity losses and the ability to work with more modern applications to get more done. When Microsoft retires Windows XP on April 8, 2014, there will no longer be support available for this operating system, exposing end-usersto significant problems. The end-userevents are part of SMB Nation’s Million Mile Tour, which leverage the Microsoft Community Connections event module. Typically held at “influencer organizations” such as Chambers of Commerce, customers will be eligible for door prizes including Windows 8.1 Pro, Office 2013 Professional and gift cards to the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft partners and other SMB IT Pros are invited to attend an evening “exam cram” session typically held at Microsoft Stores 4pm–7pm.  The agenda is a technical and business lecture providing preparation content and instruction to pass the Master Certified Migration Expert (MCME) exam. Part of the MCME requirements is two-hours of classroom time, which this evening event fulfills. Holding the MCME designation allows incumbents to validate their expertise and successfully complete Windows XP migration assignments.

“Right now, the IT industry needs all hands on deck to address the Windows XP deadline of April 8, 2014,” said Harry Brelsford, CEO, SMB Nation. “These end-userand partner workshops go along with aligning the community to successfully and safely move forward to beyond the world of Windows XP and getto modern.”

“As we move toward the inevitable XP support cut-off, we want the SMB community to understand that a trusted IT advisor can help them conduct a seamlessand beneficialmigration.  These companies will be empowered by a more robust and multi-functional Windows environment, one that incorporates more cutting-edge amenities, such as touch enablement and enhanced security,” said Jeff Davis, senior vice president of sales at D&H Distributing.  “We’re proud to be part of SMB Nation’s effort to educate this sector on behalf of our mutual resellers.”

The Million Mile Tour is being held in conjunction with XPMigrations.com, which is a group that is comprised of Certified Windows XP Migration Experts (CME) who come from the valued SMB Nation community, all of whom are trained professionals that are equipped to perform upgrades away from Windows XP with minimal day-to-day business disruptions.

To learn more about the Million Mile Tour, visit http://www.xpmigrations.com/events.

About SMB Nation
SMB Nation is a community targeted at the small and medium business (SMB) channel partner/reseller/consulting/VAR community.  SMB Nation spreads the knowledge of SMB technology trends through its conferences, books, digital magazine, online services, and worldwide seminars, workshops and Peer Groups.  As an active participant in the technology community, SMB Nation has a long history of enthusiastic advocacy and evangelism. The SMB Nation tribe exceeds 40,000members worldwide. For more information, visit www.SMBNation.com.

About D&H Distributing
As the nation's leading technology distributor, D&H provides a wealth of resources to empower solution providers and consultants, delivering a broad selection of SMB categories, products and applications.  The company's offerings span server and infrastructure, SOHO and mobile applications, consumer electronics and gaming. D&H's multi-market expertise, account-dedicated sales teams, sterling service and flexible financing options are unmatched in the industry.

With an impressive 95-year history serving as a trusted advisor to the reseller channel, D&H has been able to consistently reinvent itself based upon changing market conditions. The company prides itself on creating business partnerships with an astute focus on ease-of-doing-business, relationships, value, performance and service.

D&H ships out of five separate locations in North America, including its US headquarters in Harrisburg and its Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information, visit www.dandh.com.

SOURCE: D&H Distributing

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