The Meeting And The Message
Lenovo's Accelerate partner conference rolled into Orlando, Fla., this week bigger than it's ever been. This year's show attracted 1,280 partners, a record, and Lenovo had so many sponsors interested in the show that it had to turn some of them away.
Despite the party atmosphere and enthusiasm among Lenovo executives and partners, the main message of the show was deadly serious: The turmoil of recent years is over. The company's North America leadership team has finally reached stability. It is keenly focused on growth in PCs, the data center and mobility and it has arranged its channel program to drive rapid, substantial growth across those businesses.
North America President Emilio Ghilardi provided a good demonstration of the juxtaposition of serious messaging and fun-loving shenanigans when he implored partners to "stay with us" to spur growth and minutes later led the crowd through a few rounds of the wave.
Here are 10 scenes from the event.