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Tech Data simplifies IoT with introduction of specialized business practice
2016-08-22

Broadliner Tech Data has launched its new Internet of Things (IoT) business practice, Smart IoT Solutions by Tech Data. The new practice, designed to aggregate IoT solutions and provide a simplified route to the rapidly expanding IoT market for solution providers, will be led by company veteran Victor Paradell, vice president, IoT Solutions, Europe. The announcement was made in conjunction with Tech Data's participation in Microsoft's 2016 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), being held this week in Toronto.

According to Gartner in their "Forecast Analysis: Internet of Things - Endpoints, Worldwide, 2015 update" published in December 2015, endpoints of IoT are predicted to grow at a 32% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 through 2020, reaching an installed base of 21 billion units, with almost two-thirds of them consumer applications. With such explosive growth expected, solution providers need clarity, education, and an effective route to market.

"If you were to ask 100 people in the IT channel what IoT means to them, you would get almost 100 different answers - and most would be correct", said Paradell. "As IoT continues to expand and surround us in our lives, much remains to be understood about the market. Tech Data is positioned at a very advantageous point in the IoT ecosystem - right in the middle - to provide our customers with all the pieces necessary to deploy complete IoT solutions. Through our new Smart IoT Solutions business practice, we are helping solution providers understand and enter the IoT market, as well as capitalise on the opportunities that currently exist within it."

Smart IoT Solutions by Tech Data enable system integrators, value-added resellers (VARs), and managed service providers (MSPs) to build their IoT businesses. As an IoT solutions aggregator, Tech Data leverages its trusted partnerships within its technology partner ecosystem, as well as its strength and expertise in the solution provider market, to help customers deploy IoT solutions to their end users - from fulfillment and security to data analytics and applications. Through Tech Data's smart service enablement framework, the Smart IoT Solutions team also offers the value-added services needed for solution providers to connect the dots from solution design to data-driven services. The Smart IoT Solutions practice will be primarily focused on four key verticals: manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, and smart spaces, which include building safety and security, smart parking, and energy optimisation. Paradell joined Tech Data in 1996 as a team leader in the company's IT department and has held positions of increasing responsibility and scope over the past 20 years. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president, Operational Effectiveness and Strategy for Tech Data Europe from March 2013 to March 2016. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science engineering from The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and an MBA from the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

TD Datech launches Autodesk Subscription Auto Renew
2016-06-22

TD Datech, Tech Data’s specialist brand for professional design software, has become the first distributor to offer monthly and annual Autodesk Subscription Auto-Renew to its reseller partners, providing easy and affordable access to the full range of Autodesk subscriptions. “This breakthrough is the result of the very close co-operation between TD Datech and Autodesk and is a further milestone in TD Datech’s journey to delivering true value added digital distribution to our reseller partners”, said Mike Appel, vice president, TD Datech and Enterprise Software at Tech Data. “With Autodesk Subscription Auto-Renew, we are providing tools and processes to further automate order processing with our resellers, while also enabling our resellers to similarly automate their own customer transactions. This means our resellers have more time to sell and engage with their existing customers, helping them with the solutions they need to drive their businesses.

Autodesk Subscription Auto-Renew is a new way of consuming and paying for access to Autodesk software. Specifically, the monthly subscription offering gives resellers new business opportunities with new end-users due to the affordable price point and the ability to turn access on and off easily. These end-users can now utilise Autodesk software to compete for new work, complete existing projects more effectively and collaborate with the wider Autodesk community. Existing Autodesk end-users can benefit from Autodesk Subscription Auto-Renew as it is the easiest and most flexible way to manage Autodesk subscriptions in line with their changing staff and project needs. Auto Renew is fully integrated into Tech Data’s e-commerce platforms, providing a seamless process for resellers who wish to adopt and sell Autodesk licenses. Resellers have full access to contract details through the TD Datech Subscription Dashboard and will receive reminders of contracts 5 days prior to expiry. Autodesk Subscription Auto-Renew delivers increased flexibility and reduced administration for resellers and their customers, streamlining access to the world’s leading design solutions from Autodesk. TD Datech Auto-Renew feature is officially available through TD Datech offices in Germany, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Distree 2016: a fill of innovations
2016-03-22

After a two-year gap, ITdistri was back at Distree EMEA. The event has evolved, becoming much larger in terms of surface area and number of exhibitors. Some visitors regretted a lack of major vendors, while others wished more African retailers and distributors: "in the past, we liked to come to Distree EMEA to meet companies from the whole region. Now, if we want to expand our coverage of the African continent, we ought to go to Distree Africa, which means more costs and time consumed for us. And even there, we will miss many French speaking distributors", one of them said anonymously. Nevertheless, the event was a success, with about 250 distributors, 150 retailers and etailers and about 130 exhibitors (including about 15 distributors wishing to expand their business in Europe or meet some of their existing customers in the region, including ABC Data, ATC, Avnet Technology Solutions, Daymen, GTI, IDCP, Inforlandia, Innelec Multimédia, Nedis, NTT System, Proks, PSA Parts, Tech Data Europe and Tekpoint). Singapore came in force, with a contingent of 10 companies overseen by the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Beside their one-to-one meetings, visitors could participate to workshops, conferences and keynote, to get valuable insight about the major trends of the consumer markets in the region, with analysts and consulting companies such as GfK, Early Metrics, Rude Baguette, Quadmark or Ocean Solutions.

The exhibit gave much room and space to wearables and smart objects. Among interesting vendors, ITdistri has selected the following companies:

  • Trackr, which has developed a Bluetooth tracking device and was looking for etailers, through its distributor Bullboat
  • More Technology, a Chinese company, represented in the EMEA region by the American company Sightline, which was presenting a connected weighing scale with a safe mode for pacemaker users and pregnant women. More Technology is looking for distributors, etailers and retailers everywhere in the EMEA region
  • Tunkmatik, a Turkish vendor used to Distree, was presenting, among others, the Nano UPS, the first UPS dedicated to small devices like routers or DSL modems
  • The American vendor Tangram Factory is selling Smart Rope, a smart skipping rope and already planning a smart dumbbell. It is already distributed by the German Mac specialist Macland in the DACH region as well as through some retailers in direct. It is now looking for more distributors in other European countries
  • German Tado and Dutch Thermostart have developed smart, connected thermostats as well as, for Tado, an air conditioning smart control system. Thermostart is distributed in the Netherlands by Navstar and Tado in Germany by Komsa (but also available through Difox). They are both looking forward expanding beyond their home markets, everywhere in Europe.
  • American physical security veteran First Alert, which is already distributed in Western Europe, is looking for new distributors in Eastern Europe, Russia and Middle East. It was presenting on Distree its One Link connected carbon monoxide detector.
  • Swiss startup Incharge was presenting its crowdfunded Lightning, Micro USB and Micro USB C micro-cables and was looking for distributors anywhere in the EMEA region
  • Singaporean Ospicon was showcasing its Sleepmat STS100, a sleeping mattress for babies, which include speakers to stream music and talk to the babies, a microphone to monitor his/her sounds and, thanks to fiber optic technology, no electromagnetic radiations. Already available in several Asian countries, the Sleepmat is waiting for distributors, etailers and retailers in the EMEA region.
  • Singaporean Oaxis was presenting its e-ink case for iPhone 6 as well as other products. The e-ink case includes photo display and ebook functions, and will include more through future firmware updates. Here again, Oaxis is looking for distributors, etailers and retailers everywhere.
  • The universal charging dock from German vendor Alldock has attracted much attention, especially its handmade wooden version. Beside incumbent distributor AIV in Germany, Alldock is looking for more distributors, etailers en retailers everywhere in the EMEA region.
  • German vendor Hotsplot was a bit of an intruder among the exhibitors, as its product, a remote-controlled public Wifi hotspot management solution which is compatible with all wifi routers and hotspots, would be better distributed through network VADs
  • Dutch Wakawaka was targeting more specifically the emerging or outdoor activity markets with its light-charging universal battery and LED light.
  • Hong-Kong company Elari won the Diamond Award with its Cardphone, an anti-smartphone the size of a credit card, which can be used in conjunction with any smartphone through Bluetooth, to optimize the use of home and travel SIM cards. The Cardphone is available in the EMEA region here and there, for example through SCP Technologies in France, One Stop Mobile in the Netherlands or Vitacom in Romania. The company is looking forward expanding its distribution network in the EMEA region with more distributors in countries where it is absent for the time being.

New vendors were not the only ones to present new products. Aiptek presented, a few days before the Cebit event in Germany, its DG-VTa, a dongle which can be connected easily via HDMI to a beamer to turn any projection surface into an interactive touchscreen display. The supplied pen serves as a sensor – when running it over the projection surface, the "DG-VTa" notices it like a touchscreen and transfers the signals accordingly. Inno3d, which is better know for its graphic cards, was showcasing its 3D printers (distributed quietly since a few month by German distributor API) and its Bluetooth LED bulbs. So, more than ever, Distree remains the place to be, to discover the major trends and new products to be distributed in the EMEA region over the months and years to come…

Tech Data brings key vendor, reseller and service provider partners together at Cloud Summit
2015-11-18

Tech Data Europe set out its strategy for leading the way in channel cloud development to key vendors, service providers, resellers and managed services provider partners from all over the continent at its European Cloud Summit in Barcelona last week.

Around 200 delegates heard John Tonnison, Tech Data's Executive Vice President Cloud Computing and Worldwide Chief Information Officer, deliver the opening plenary alongside Reza Honarmand, Vice President Software and Cloud Europe, who explained how Tech Data is enabling partners to access, power and master cloud services and solutions.

There was also a keynote presentation on partner business transformation by David Ednie, President and CIO, SalesChannel Europe and a renowned authority on the cloud services market. Attendees then attended a series of breakout sessions hosted by Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and HP, as well as Tech Data.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive. Ivan Verdier, Group Partner Management Director, Computacenter Plc, said: "This was a really useful and well-structured event and Tech Data deserves a lot of credit for taking the time and making the investment to keep us and all its industry partners informed, not only on its own strategy, but also on the current state of the market's evolution. The presentations and breakouts provided us with some really useful insights and once again, underlined the strength of Tech Data and the leadership position the company is taking in the ongoing development of the cloud channel."

David Smith, General Manager Worldwide SMB Sales at Microsoft, stated: "For over 25 years, Tech Data has been an innovative partner of Microsoft and I am excited about the work we are doing together in this transformation. I have high confidence that Tech Data can provide its cloud community with the platforms and tools they need to be successful in this cloud journey. Whether it's building a hybrid cloud practice, accelerating in cloud, or even a reseller in need of a white-label solution, in the end it comes down to people and I could not be more proud of the teams in place to do this."

Reza Honarmand, Vice President of Software and Cloud Europe at Tech Data, stated: "The Tech Data Cloud Summit really underlined Tech Data's credentials as the cloud leader within distribution in Europe and gave our reseller, service provider and vendor partners with a clear, 360-degree view of our strategy. Cloud services adoption is accelerating and is now standard part of every new IT investment decision. Speaking to our resellers at the event, it is clear that there is a common understanding amongst the community for a need to transform to meet this demand. Tech Data Cloud provides them with access to a complete set of resources that will enable all types of partners to transform their business wherever they are on their journey to provide cloud services."

Tech Data provides access to a comprehensive portfolio of best-of-breed IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services. Through its StreamOne cloud aggregation portal, services from IBM SoftLayer, Microsoft Azure, VMware vCloud Air, IBM, AirVM, and HP are available. Resellers are able to access, test and provision services for customers and subsequently manage customer usage and provide consolidated monthly billing for both partners and customers. Cloud services can simply be re-sold, made available within the partner's own website or offered as part of fully independent cloud services platform.

Honarmand added that Tech Data was extremely grateful to all its vendor, service provider, reseller and MSP partners and associates who attended and contributed to the Cloud Summit event. The company is already considering plans for a similar event next year and will be making details of its plans available to partners in due course.

Tech Data to acquire Signature Technology Group
2015-07-06

United States: broadliner Tech Data has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Signature Technology Group, a provider of data center and professional services throughout North America. STG's services will be offered through Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) division, the company's data center business in the Americas. STG's data center services enable solution providers across all verticals to maximize their clients' technology investments, strategically improve service levels, reduce risk, and contain costs. STG offers partner-led IT professional services that deploy technology physically and virtually, cloud assessments and migrations, and technical staffing to ensure that IT departments have skilled resources and coverage. The STG team holds certifications across 23 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and its technicians, deployed in customers' IT environments, support over 300,000 devices throughout North America. Founded in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1990, STG was named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies List in 2014, the CRN Fast Growth 150 in 2013, and the CRN Fast Growth 100 in 2012. Charles Layne, president and chief executive officer at STG, along with the entire STG team, will join Tech Data. He will assume the role of president, Signature Technology Group at Tech Data and report directly to Bartlett in the company's AIS division.

 

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