D&H Canada announced that it experienced approximately 23% growth in its final quarter of 2013 over last year’s Q4. This reflects significant increases in hot areas such as tablets and mobility. Tablets experienced more than 50% year-over-year growth during certain periods during 2013, illustrating how demand for this format is still mounting.
In addition, D&H strengthened its commitment to the custom system builder marketplace in 2013, adding a roster of new components vendors to its line-card late in the year, including AMD, Seagate, Cooler Master, HighPoint and others. These new contracts came on the heels of a freshly-inked agreement with Dell to carry its consumer products—a significant coup as D&H Canada gears-up to increase its retail business in 2014.
“D&H Canada has had the privilege of helping its customers move into new fields this year, such as retail- and consumer-oriented technologies,” said Greg Tobin, general manager at D&H Distributing. “As we come upon some crucial industry deadlines in 2014, the business community will call upon its IT advisors to guide them in their transitions. We’re ready to support our resellers with the right expertise and product offerings, so they can leverage this opportunity.”
The distributor foresees considerable opportunities in the coming year for resellers, as the market nears technical support deadlines for prominent Microsoft properties such as the XP operating system, support for which terminates this coming April. Similar cut-off dates loom for Microsoft Server 2003 and certain versions of Microsoft Office. These systems are still prolific among small businesses. D&H Canada encourages its VARs to pursue full network upgrades as they migrate their end-users away from the XP OS. This scenario could present a watershed opportunity for resellers, once end-customers realize their XP environments are vulnerable to malware attacks that Microsoft will no longer address.