Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has announced that Avnet Academy, its training division, is expanding its education portfolio to include comprehensive training courses for Lenovo's System x and Flex products. This is now available to partners and their customers in all the countries where Avnet operates around the globe. Avnet continues to invest in delivering IT training and certification services, principally around the high-growth technologies that align with Avnet's solutions specialist approach. Lenovo is an existing strategic supplier for Avnet, and this agreement will further support partners and their customers to develop, implement and maintain business solutions that rely on Lenovo technology. IT education and certification training enables IT professionals to become more highly qualified. According to IDC, certified IT professionals take training at a far greater rate than their uncertified colleagues. The study showed that certified professionals are:
Hees Ham, vice president of Education Services North America at Avnet Technology Solutions, said: "we're providing our partners with tools and training to help their end customers accelerate their careers. With our Lenovo training path, we will help guide IT professionals to ensure they have the skills, certifications and tools needed to handle real-world, next-generation technology environments."
Alex M. Badia, director Data Center Group Services Training at Lenovo, said: "as a leading solutions specialist, the launch of this program by Avnet makes it simpler for partners and their customers to build up knowledge and become more highly qualified, which in turn helps them to transform technology into business solutions and further accelerate their success." Supporting the new Lenovo agreement, Avnet is running pilot partner programs to encourage the successful promotion of training. They will offer rewards for positioning training effectively, with the aim of driving accelerated growth in education services. In the EMEA region, Avnet is a Lenovo distributor in Austria, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Avnet expands contract with Extreme Networks
Italy: infrastructure VAD Avnet has expanded its contract with Extreme Networks in Italy. This announcement builds on the existing relationship between Avnet and Extreme Networks that started in Germany more than 15 years ago, and enables Avnet to deliver Extreme Networks software and services-led networking solutions to support the needs of partners and their end-users additionally in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Andrea Massari, country manager at Avnet Technology Solutions Italy, said: "Extreme Networks has a good range of networking and wireless technology products suitable for mid-size companies to enterprise organisations. Building on our successful and long-term partnership in EMEA, we have fine-tuned our value proposition around these products to transform this innovative technology into tangible business solutions for our partners in Italy."
Roberto Benedetti, country manager at Extreme Networks Italy, said: "we are confident that our software-driven wired and wireless solutions will be of significant value to partners and end-customers in Italy. We look forward to leveraging Avnet's technical expertise, local knowledge and experience to successfully enable and expand our partner base in this country." Extreme Networks will be managed by Avnet Technology Solutions' Security & Enterprise Networking Specialty Business Unit (SBU) which offers resources and expertise to help channel partners in business development and pre-sales technical activities. In order to support the business, we also guarantee the availability of our centralised warehouse that, thanks to the wide range of products, helps reduce delivery times in line with the market needs. The development of marketing actions and new demand generation will further facilitate the business of our partners. Since starting work with Extreme Networks in Germany, Avnet has been recognised as its Distributor of the Year 15 times.
Tech Data European boss Cano planning exit
Tech Data's European boss Nestor Cano is planning to retire from the distributor once the integration of Avnet TS is complete, should the deal get the go-ahead. Tech Data announced plans to snap up Avnet Technology Solutions last September in a deal worth €2.35b, which is expected to close in the first half of this year. Should the deal go ahead, Cano will continue in his role throughout the integration process, but will then retire. Cano joined Tech Data through the Computer 2000 acquisition in 1989 and served in various management positions in Spain and Portugal, before being promoted to regional managing director. A number of US and global roles followed before he become president of Europe for the firm in 2007 (source: Channelweb UK).
Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has announced that its training division in EMEA, Avnet Academy, is expanding its education portfolio to include comprehensive training courses for the ForgeRock Identity Platform. Avnet continues to invest in delivering IT training and certification services, principally around the high-growth technologies that align with Avnet's solutions specialist approach. Already available from Avnet in North America, ForgeRock is a new relationship for Avnet in EMEA, and supports partners and their customers to develop, implement and maintain business solutions that rely on secure identity and access management.
The ForgeRock education programme, which is due to be offered through Avnet offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom, offers world-class IT training and certifications designed to validate and recognise IT professionals with the technical capabilities and real-world experience needed to effectively design, deploy and manage identity and access management solutions based on the ForgeRock Identity Platform. Avnet will provide access to the entire portfolio of ForgeRock courses and guide IT professionals on their journey towards official certification. In addition, Avnet's partner community will be encouraged to resell ForgeRock courses to their customers.
Stephen Ennis, director of education services EMEA at Avnet Technology Solutions, said: "an enormous number of users are connecting devices to business applications as they transition to next-generation technology platforms like cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). Knowing who should have full or restricted access to those applications means understanding who the request is coming from and why. Now more than ever, companies need a good grasp on identity and access management to avoid undesirable consequences. We deliver ForgeRock training to ensure IT professionals have the skills, certifications and tools needed to secure real-world, next-generation technology environments."
Steve Ferris, SVP global customer success at ForgeRock, said: "we're pleased that EMEA-based identity professionals will now have convenient access to expert training on the ForgeRock Identity Platform from Avnet Academy. As a leading solutions specialist, the launch of this program by Avnet makes it simpler for partners and their customers to build up essential customer identity and access management knowledge to accomplish goals such as protecting users and devices, and securing their IT environments. Helping IT professionals become better qualified and effective in transforming next-generation technology into secure business solutions will accelerate the success of numerous stakeholder groups."
Avnet will offer students courses to match their preferred learning style, including online, traditional classroom and on-site courses. To ensure the online learning experience is equal to that of a classroom, Avnet has developed an innovative individual Multimedia Video Presence (iMVP) virtual learning environment, where remote students and the instructor can see, hear and interact with each other. This is another example of how Avnet is committed to driving innovation in education services across EMEA.
American multispecialist Avnet has promoted Graham McBeth to the role of president of Premier Farnell. McBeth will report directly to Gerry Fay, president, global business units, Avnet. In his new role, McBeth will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day operations and performance of Premier Farnell. McBeth, who most recently served as President of Avnet Abacus, the Avnet business specializing in interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) products throughout Europe, replaces Premier Farnell's interim President Steven Webb. Webb, a 16-year veteran of Premier Farnell, has played an integral role during the last several months in overseeing Premier Farnell's integration into the Avnet organization. He will remain with the company until January 31, 2017, to assist in the leadership transition. "Graham is an accomplished leader who knows how to win in the market. With his strong commitment to team building, Graham grew the Avnet Abacus division into one of the most well-respected IP&E businesses in Europe", said Fay. "His deep understanding of Avnet’s global business will enable Graham to serve as a great bridge for the Premier Farnell team, its customers and suppliers."
"Since Avnet first announced its intent to acquire Premier Farnell, I recognized what a tremendous opportunity this would be to advance Avnet’s strategy of providing customers with a differentiated digital experience throughout the entire product lifecycle", said McBeth. "This is the start of an exciting new chapter for both Avnet and Premier Farnell and I am thrilled to have the chance to help drive further success for our organization and our design and supply chain partners." A native of Scotland, McBeth is a results-oriented leader with extensive industry experience. He graduated from Glasgow University in 1984 and spent 11 years at National Semiconductor in a variety of roles, from product marketing to distribution and sales management. McBeth joined Abacus Group Plc in 1995, was appointed to the main board as technical director in 1997, and later became group managing director of Abacus with responsibility for the company's sales and marketing strategy. In 2009, following the acquisition of Abacus Group by Avnet, McBeth became president of Avnet Abacus and led the IP&E specialist to a top position in the European market.
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