At the start of the new year, Authority reconnected with Tori West, Intel Business Development Manager at Tech Data. Tori shared why she’s inspired by her team’s collective efforts, the role that technology plays in a remote world and how Intel’s new series of processors are making a statement in portability and performance.
Hi Tori. You’ve been a guest at our blog before. Welcome back! Tell us what’s on deck for you this year as an Intel Business Development Manager.
I would like to start by saying WOW! There are so many exciting opportunities happening this year. Intel has kicked off the year with the launch of a new brand – a fierce generation of processors – that’s leaps ahead of the competition when it comes to performance and innovation. As a BDM for Tech Data and loyal to the Intel technology line, I have big plans to make a positive impact for this line of business. A very close colleague of mine (who also supports Intel) and I put much effort into our business plan this quarter. We are encouraging ourselves to do NEW things. First and foremost, we are working to think outside of the box and engage with our internal team, sales teams and partners in a more strategic way. Such growth involves partnering more closely with the big original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – HP, Dell and Lenovo – to really sell a total solution that gets the job done!
Looking back, we can agree that the COVID-19 pandemic quickly shifted us all to a more remote/virtual world. How would you describe the role that technology plays in supporting people everywhere during this challenging time in history?
This is a GREAT question! Technology, in my eyes, has played one of the most vital roles during this time of remote work. Without the technology that we have in place today, I cannot even begin to imagine how a global pandemic would look. We’re talking about thousands of jobs that could not be done remotely and with the right security technology.
When the pandemic began, I think back to where my Tech Data colleagues and I were. On any given day, we had approximately 3,000 employees at our headquarters in Clearwater, FL. Within a matter of days, our company sent every employee (in all locations) home to work remotely and provided the technology equipment to do so. We can communicate swiftly, engage virtually over Teams, Zoom or Skype. I can promise: business is not stopping.
At first, I noticed it was a challenge for many to start this new remote life. However, a trend I saw before the pandemic hit was that the industry was already moving to a more remote workforce. I have always thrived as a face-to-face worker: I like to meet new people every day, travel to corporate events and engage with our partners. Remote work was most definitely a challenge at first. But, with change and technological innovation, I can still perform my job, meet new people and engage with partners while working from home. Technology keeps the world connected and holds us above water during this exceptionally challenging time in history.
Where does Intel fit in the mass pivot to remote – be it remote work, education, healthcare and even social interaction?
In many ways, Intel plays a significant role in the pivot to a more remote world. Whether we use technology for education, healthcare, social interaction and/or business, we must be assured that we are addressing our users’ specific needs. For example, healthcare is a field in which having a secure platform is top of mind – particularly when choosing devices and PC systems. Whereas people using a device solely used for daily social interaction or web browsing may be more reliant on performance and productivity.
Intel has influenced the ease of remote education, healthcare and social interaction by implementing some of their most innovative technologies, the vPro platform, Optane memory, Intel’s hardware shield, remote manageability features and the newly-announced Evo brand of devices. Such technologies are game-changers for keeping our remote workplace and social life blooming during this unprecedented time.
Shifting gears, we know that Intel recently released an 11th gen core processor family. Tell us about it.
Late last year, Intel launched the 11th gen core mobile processors. Now, in Intel Q1 of this year, they just launched the 11th gen core vPro EVO processors, which are making a statement as they hit the market. These processors are validated by Intel to provide the best overall business laptop experience. These devices are the perfect mix of innovative technologies and specifications – key optimizers for a highly portable experience anywhere. The performance benefits that Intel is revealing with this new launch are game-changing. I encourage readers and anyone interested to reach out to the Tech Data Intel team to learn more.
How does Intel’s new offering continue to drive the power of computing?
When it comes to the power of computing, the new 11th gen series of processors is breaking boundaries. Performance, productivity, security and manageability are pillars of the vPro platform that Intel builds off to provide the ultimate powerhouse machine. Partnered with the OEMs like HP, Dell and Lenovo, they each offer different aesthetics and services to enhance the Intel technology inside. We are grateful for their partnerships and work very closely at Tech Data to make the most out of our partners’ buying and solution journeys!
About the Author
Dena Koklanaris joined Tech Data in 2018 and leads the company’s in-house team of copywriters and content strategists. She’s proud to hone her craft for one of Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.” When she’s not writing, you can find her on the beach or riding her bike.