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Highlights from Ingram Micro’s first IoT Summit

September 23, 2019

Ingram Micro’s first IoT Summit was a first for the industry—and a resounding success for manufacturers and partners
On September 4–5, more than 300 people convened in Irvine, CA for the first industry event of its kind: the Ingram Micro IoT Summit, a showcase of the hottest trends and technology in IoT, AI and mixed reality. The summit provided attendees with technology and business insights to help them capitalize on the immense opportunities across multiple verticals. The attendees included resellers, manufacturers, Ingram Micro associates and members of the press—from the U.S. and overseas.
 
A packed agenda highlighted today’s most innovative solutions and insights
In 10 general sessions,executives from Cisco, IBM, Ingram Micro, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Zivelo spoke about how IoT solutions are transforming the business landscape and specific verticals.
 
These general sessions were followed by breakout sessions, in which executives from leading companies including iOmniscient, Juniper, Lenovo, Microsoft and Zebra focused on specific solutions and their role in digital transformation, as well as a vendor panel discussion on how organizations are realizing the promise of IoT.
 
Booths from 25 vendors showcased today’s most exciting technology in action. Attendees also had plenty of opportunity to network with thought leaders and representatives of the companies that are doing some of today’s most exciting work in IoT and AI.
 
An exciting debut and announcement
On display at the Summit was Microsoft’s soon-to-be-launched HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset featuring a new time-of-flight depth sensor that combines with built-in artificial intelligence and semantic understanding to enable the direct manipulation of holograms. Users can touch, grasp, move and have them respond more like real-world physical objects.
 
Ingram Micro was just named the global distributor for the HoloLens 2, and plans to take a phased approach to introduce the product, starting in North America and select markets of EMEA and the Asia Pacific region. The company also announced a new go-to-market agreement with CoreKinect. As part of that alliance, Ingram Micro will offer custom IoT sensors to channel partners across the U.S.
 
Looking ahead to next year’s Summit 
“The event exceeded our expectations,” says Eric Hembree, Ingram Micro’s Director of IoT, U.S., who was a keynote speaker at the event.“The feedback we received from our vendors and partners has been very positive. It has already given us some great ideas on how to structure next year’s event. The quality of the partners who attended and the specific opportunities our vendors showcased made for a particularly successful show. We saw many opportunities being created on the spot, after partners learned about Ingram Micro’s capabilities and strategic partnerships. We opened a lot of eyes into what’s possible—and everyone is looking forward to an even bigger show next year!”
 
The IoT Summit is in keeping with Ingram Micro’s commitment to advancing IoT with a solutions-based approach that addresses real-world business challenges. “Judging from the responses we received, attendees came away with lots of ideas for how we can help grow their IoT and AI practices—and their customers’ businesses,” says Hembree.