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This week we have guest blogger Andy Marquez of Arrow Electronics taking a stand that may surprise many - banking on Novell again.  As a Brand Specialist for Arrow, it's his job to assess technologies and he's seen a lot, so his quick take might cause you to just take another look at today's Novell solutions.

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One of the best things about Brainshare is how much there is to do, see and experience.  Day 2 of 2013 was more of the same and a complete whirlwind.   The morning began with the Novell Business Unit Partner Breakfast.   One if the key focuses going forward is that upcoming solutions and products releases will fill the need of key market trends.

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GroupWise® has always delivered significant advantages: industry-leading uptime, rock-solid reliability, and the ability to administer the system without breaking the bank-or the backs of your IT staff. And now, with renewed support and focus, GroupWise is positioned for even greater things.

While this may not be a technologically focused topic, the team at ALI is excited to see that Bloomberg Business Week rated Blacksburg, VA as the number one place to raise children in the U.S!  Our employees in our Blacksburg office could not agree more, many of whom relocated to the area for the great lifestyle. With good schools, an affordable lifestyle, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backyard, it's more than just a great place to raise kids.  It's a great place to have a great quality of life with the benefits of the high tech ecosystem facilitated by proximity to Virginia Tech, Roanoke and many other organizations throughout the region.

Advanced Logic itself was founded because of the appeal of the area's resources.  Our founder moved to the area attracted to all the benefits, and saw it as the perfect place to raise his own children.  At the time, there were so few IT providers in the region, there was a clear need for high level IT services delivered locally instead of being brought in from Washington DC, Richmond or Charlotte.  The original team was assembled, and ALI was born.  20 years later, we are still growing. 

We're very grateful that this region has been so supportive of our business, enabling us to expand to provide services throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  This article is just validation of what we've known for years: this is a great place to live and work!

> Read the article: Blacksburg Named the Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids

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I wanted to follow up on the recent announcements made by HP. As a committed HP Partner, Advanced Logic Industries (ALI) is dedicated to helping you understand the meaning and impact of these changes to you, our valued customer.

Included among last week’s announcements was the HP board’s decision to evaluate strategic alternatives for the Personal Systems Group business. Although these may include a range of options, this was not an announcement of a shutdown of the company’s PC business.

Having now heard directly from Todd Bradley and other members of HP’s senior leadership team, I can tell you that HP remains committed – now more than ever – to driving growth of its PC business. A $42 billion business, PSG is the largest PC business in the world with #1 market share and profitability in the PC industry worldwide.

HP is not taking its foot off the pedal now and is will continue to drive leading innovation across its PC portfolio moving forward. You also can expect HP to continue the company’s strong and solid history of taking care of you, its valued customer. You should absolutely feel comfortable and confident in buying HP just as you always have, despite the confusion HP’s competitors might be stirring.

While there is uncertainty with change, I can tell you that ALI remains committed to HP and their products, and look forward to traveling on this journey with them. I also can tell you that I remain committed to you and will continue to keep an open dialogue with you as we identify the best technology solutions to help you run and manage your business. I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions.


Parker Pearson
Advanced Logic Industries
Vice President, Marketing
(434) 386-4284