CI Edge, a buying and best practices group designed to support middle market commercial technology integrators, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. CI Edge began accepting members in October of 2015, and now has a total of 58 members.
“What has been most exciting about watching CI Edge take root this past year has been watching our members begin to engage and experience the benefits of buying group involvement,” said CI Edge principal, K.C. Schwarz. “We are very happy with the growth CI Edge has experienced and we look forward to continuing this pattern into 2017.”
To kick off the one-year anniversary celebration, CI Edge and their alliance partner ProSource hosted a champagne toast at CEDIA in Dallas. Members, prospective members, and key industry players were invited to take a break from the hustle of the show and enjoy a drink with the CI Edge team.
“Our anniversary celebration at CEDIA was a really fun way to celebrate CI Edge’s first year,” said Sarah Lind, CI Edge director of administration. “It provided a great opportunity for our team to meet many of our new members face to face. We also had a chance to share the CI Edge message, as well as the benefits of buying groups with a variety of dealers attending the show. Surprisingly, the benefits of buying group involvement are still a new concept to many small and midsized dealers. We are excited to introduce the idea and invite more integrators into CI Edge.”
CI Edge emerged in the Fall of 2015 as the only buying group supporting commercial technology integrators with less than $10 million in annual revenue. Members have access to benefits that equip them with an edge in the technology integration marketplace. Benefits include national account pricing with CI Edge Preferred Partners; volume rebates through participation in CI Edge programs; elevated backend support with CI Edge Preferred Partners; access to training and education to develop business operations and processes; and the ability to connect and collaborate with a large network of peers.
Today, CI Edge offers programs with 28 manufactures, distributors, and service providers also referred to as CI Edge Preferred Partners.