SOURCE: Global Technology Distribution Council

Global Technology Distribution Council

September 21, 2011 08:00 ET

GTDC Announces 2011 'Rising Star' Award Winners

Sixth-Annual Awards Program Spotlights How Strong Partnerships Forged Between Technology Vendors and IT Distributors Improve Sales Results and Extend Market Reach

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 21, 2011) - GTDC SUMMIT - In recognition of outstanding sales growth through U.S. distributors over the past year, the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) today announced the recipients of its prestigious Rising Star awards. The 12 winners were selected from hundreds of manufacturers and publishers who rely on technology distributors to meet the product and service requirements of IT solution providers nationwide. GTDC members annually drive more than $100 billion in worldwide "channel" sales.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Rising Star award winners were chosen due to their exceptional U.S. revenue growth based on sales data aggregated by The NPD Group's Distributor Track®. This year's winners and award categories are as follows:

$500 Million+
Based on highest year-over-year revenue growth
Company Rising Star Ranking
NetApp Gold
EMC Silver
Apple Bronze
$100 Million - $500 Million
Based on highest year-over-year revenue growth
Company Rising Star Ranking
Riverbed Gold
Brocade Silver
Dell Bronze
$25 Million - $100 Million
Based on highest year-over-year revenue growth
Company Rising Star Ranking
Mitsubishi Gold
Aruba Network Silver
Crucial Bronze
Software Vendor Category - $20 Million+
Based on highest year-over-year revenue growth
Company Rising Star Ranking
Nuance Gold
Kaspersky Silver
Red Hat Bronze

GTDC Vendor Summit Today
The GTDC Vendor Summit conference -- the industry's premier gathering of IT distribution leaders, channel executives and research analysts -- continues today with a broad range of panels, presentations and breakout sessions focused on key trends, issues and opportunities. This year's featured keynote speaker is Riverbed Technology Chairman and CEO Jerry M. Kennelly, and VMware Co-President of Customer Operations Carl Eschenbach. For more information on the Summit and other GTDC events, go to http://www.gtdc.org/events.php

Rising Star Awards Methodology
Sales results for Rising Star award winners are based on actual U.S. revenue over the past year, as reported by industry research organization The NPD Group using its Distributor Track® service. Available by subscription, the Distributor Track aggregates actual distributor sell-through data to enable sharp insight into channel sales and pricing trends with the ability to drill down into specific product subcategories, including detailed attributes based on specific areas of interest. To be eligible for a Rising Star award, vendors are required to have sold corresponding products through IT distributors for a minimum of one year.

About The NPD Group, Inc.
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,800 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information on The NPD Group and Distributor Track, visit www.npd.com.

About The Global Technology Distribution Council
The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) is a worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel. The Council is comprised of the computer industry's top wholesale distributors dedicated to serving "the channel," a network of skilled value-added resellers and retail stores focused on providing hardware, software, and services to businesses and consumers around the globe. AB S.A (WSE: ABPL), ABC Data, ALSO-Actebis (SIX: ALSN), Altimate Group/DCC SerCom, Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW), Avnet (NYSE: AVT), Brightstar, Computer Gross Italia, Computerlinks, Copaco N.V., D&H, Esprinet (PRT.MI), Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM), Intcomex, Magirus AG, Officer Distribuidora, Redington (BSE: REDI), SiS Technologies (HKSE: 0529), ScanSource (NASDAQ: SCSC), SYNNEX (NYSE: SNX), Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD), 20:20 Mobile Group, Westcoast LTD and Westcon.

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