#CDNchats – Is the PC dead? Twitter chat recap

Updated 4:11 pm E.S.T. We just wrapped up yet another engaging Twitter chat on the state of the PC and whether rumors that its days were over were true. Channel experts from Microsoft, Lenovo and IDC joined us in putting the rumors to rest. The conclusion? It seems that the participants of the chat all agreed that the PC will live long and prosper. Phew! As if we didn’t have enough legacy systems to deal with! A special thanks to our guest experts and community participants for an insightful discussion. Make sure to join us in our next Twitter chat, August 27, 12-1pm E.S.T.! 

Is the PC dead, or have reports of it been greatly exaggerated?

According to Gartner, overall PC shipments are in decline. Desktops especially are losing their lustre as the market is awash with newer, sleeker form factors such as razor-thin notebooks, hybrid PCs, and tablets. Add to all that the emergence of wearable technology into the computing space, and that multi-bay tower desktop PC is starting to look like a fossil.

But are businesses still using those fossils to fuel their high performance needs? When it comes to tasks like 3D modeling, big data analysis, or AutoCAD design work, a desktop PC still offers the most power under the hood. So is there still a place for the PC in this mobile world?

That’s what we’ll be discussing at our Twitter chat on July 23, noon to 1 PM EST using the hashtag #CDNchats. Join us and guest experts from several PC vendors that are talking about how they’re adapting to change in this supposed post-PC era.

This chat will be moderated by the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council (C4), a non-profit association that is the voice of technology channel professionals in Canada and works in association with CDN. Follow @CDNChannelChief now to get updates about the chat and other related news. We will also be joined by the following guest experts:

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Craig Taylor
Craig holds the strategic role of Client Executive within the Lenovo Channels Organization.  He is actively involved in assisting customers and business partners realize the benefits of reducing an organization’s total cost of IT ownership by leveraging Lenovo‘s differentiated products and services.

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Jason Brommet
Jason (Jay) leads the team that is responsible for driving the Commercial Channel Strategy and Programs for Microsoft in Canada, from Small Business through to Enterprise, across all partner business models and lines of business, as well as a specific focus on the Surface Commercial Channel.

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Tim Brunt
Tim Brunt is the Program Manager for IDC’s Canadian Quarterly PC Tracker program. In this role, he is engaged in analyzing current market trends, business planning, business and consumer buyer behaviour as well as forecasting the performance of the PC industry.

Never taken part in a Twitter chat before? No problem, this video will tell you everything you need to know.

You can now see what questions will be asked below. So save the date and see you there!

Q1 What are some causes shaping the marketplace perception where customers consider the PC to be dead? #CDNchats

Q2 What evidence exist that show the traditional PC or notebook is not (and should not be) dying out? #CDNchats

Q3 How are customers using PCs and notebooks today? #CDNchats

Q4 How is mobile technology in the workplace shaping the demand of PCs? #CDNchats

Q5 What kinds of jobs and/or customers will continue to require a traditional PC? Will this change? #CDNchats

Q6 What qualities of PCs make them irreplaceable by mobile or portable computers? #CDNchats

Q7 How will the change in demand for PCs impact the channel? How should the channel respond? #CDNchats

Q8 In what ways has the cloud evolved PCs and notebooks? #CDNchats

Q9 What do these trends mean for businesses? Will they have to become mobile first? #CDNchats

Q10 What’s the future roadmap look like for PCs and notebooks? Is there still a place for them in this mobile world? #CDNchats

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