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CEO’s Corner – Q1 2014

Mark WaldrepOn February 1, 2014 Datatrend Technologies will celebrate its 27th anniversary. On behalf of the entire Datatrend organization I want to extend our sincere appreciation to all of our clients and partners. We thank you for your loyalty and friendship, and for challenging us to add value at each point of interaction.

As is the case with most of my articles, I am going to cover a variety of subjects this quarter.

Retail Industry Events
Our Network Services division works with leading retailers and partners to enable everything from new store design, digital merchandising and enhanced guest services. These services may include network design, structured cabling, wireless enablement (access points), server installation, digital signage, kiosks and point of sale (POS) systems. We’re participating in a couple retail industry events in early 2014:

  • SPECS: This coming March 9-12 in Grapevine, Texas, Datatrend’s Network Services division will be exhibiting at SPECS (Store Planning, Equipment, & Construction Services) conference. Datatrend will showcase its structured cabling and large scale roll out services to retailers across North America. Visit the SPECS site if you want to learn more and consider attending.
  • NRF Big Show: Our Network Services team is just returning from the Big Show by NRF (National Retail Federation) in New York City, January 12-15. With over 500 exhibitors and over 27,000 attendees, it was a great gathering to share the latest retail trends and network with partners and clients.

Did you know?: Datatrend’s Network Services division covers every zip code in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, plus every postal code in Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and much of Mexico, Central and South America.

Technology Infrastructure Solutions – Education Opportunities
Datatrend’s Technology Infrastructure Solutions division is dedicated to keeping abreast of enterprise class information technology systems, switch fabric and storage solutions. We also are dedicated to the education of our solution specialists to ensure you are working with the most informed partner. We are enabled to the nth degree to assist our clients’ capacity plan and architect infrastructure solutions via white boarding sessions, webinars and comprehensive on site briefings at our clients’ locations. For a comprehensive overview on the latest solution offerings, contact either Charlie Cox at or your Datatrend account manager.

AIX-CEO2In the spirit of keeping you informed, I have shared some of the recent IBM POWER features just released. Please visit my IBM POWER and AIX Highlights.

In the above linked page, I have only scratched the surface in highlighting the latest AIX and POWER announcements. You might also be interested in Datatrend’s POWER and AIX User Groups; You are welcome to join our AIX User Group Forum, and/or become a member of the AIX User Group to gain access to upcoming webinars and other related events.

Please also consider working with Datatrend to structure a tailored briefing around a solution area of your choice. We will gladly interview you so as to appropriately tailor the content and determine what you would prefer be emphasized during the briefing, assuring that we align to the specific solutions area and/or issues and opportunities desired.

Speaking of collaboration…now is the time to consider getting together to review your most important 2014 initiatives so that you can extract from Datatrend the most value added contributions you can…and in the context of aligning to your priorities while minimizing project risk and maximizing value.

I hope you enjoy this issue of TrendSetter.


Mark Waldrep
CEO, Datatrend Technologies