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.
Broadliner Tech Data has unveiled a new Europe-wide agreement with the Esselte Group, a supplies manufacturer, to distribute products from its Leitz brand of premium products for business professionals. Tech Data customers across the company's entire European footprint now have easy access to three of Leitz's product ranges: Icon for digitally enhanced labelling, including smart technology, and iLAM for easy document lamination through its broadline businesses in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and Complete, which offers high-quality mobile professional accessories, throught its Mobile Solutions offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
"We are very excited to offer Leitz's products to our European reseller community. Their long heritage and innovative approach in the design and manufacture of office supplies shines through in the products we are now offering", said Hugo Graça, vice president, PC Components, Printers & Supplies at Tech Data Europe. "Tech Data's scale, coupled with our strength in online sales, offers a great platform to accelerate the growth of these product lines across Europe. Furthermore, the addition of this leading brand underlines Tech Data’s leadership position in the supplies and accessory markets."
"We are excited to team up with Europe's number-one technology distributor, Tech Data"; said Paul Gouka, vice president, Global Accounts & International Sales at Esselte. "We are confident that our partnership with Tech Data will enable us to further strengthen our position in the technology distribution channel for our new product ranges Leitz Icon, Leitz Complete and Leitz iLam. Tech Data's reseller network fits perfectly into the strategy of Esselte and we feel confident that together we will accelerate the success of the Leitz product groups."
Switzerland: broadliner Alltron, which is about to launch its own cloud platform1, has unveiled a distribution deal with security editor AppRiver2. Its competitor ALSO has strengthened its value offer with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise voice and data solutions and ESET antivirus. The broadliner has also replaced leaving Herbert Gasser with Tom Brunner, the former CEO of Alltron, who thus becomes its new volume and broadline director3. Network and security VAD Boll Engineering has inked a distribution deal with access control editor Wallix4. Broadliner Ingram Micro has extended its European distribution partnership with network vendor Allied Telesis to its local office5. Its Advanced Solutions division will push Allied Telesis midrange and corporate solutions through its VAR and system integrator network. Finally, Ruedi Moll becomes the new managing director of the value business of broadliner Tech Data, including its TD Azlan infrastructure VAD division6. He replaces Jens Heitmann, who has been promoted to Business Development Manager Cisco EMEA, based in the Austrian office of the distributor (source: Inside Channel Schweiz 1, 2, 5 and 6, IT Markt Schweiz, IT Reseller Schweiz 3 and 4).
Broadliner Tech Data has unveiled a new Europe-wide agreement with Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), a provider of advanced hardware and integrated systems to cloud datacenters. Through the agreement, reseller partners across Tech Data's entire footprint (that is Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) now have access to QCT's range of cloud datacenter solutions, including servers, storage, network switches and integrated rack systems, through the Components division in charge for ODM business. QCT is a subsidiary of Quanta Computer, a Fortune Global 500 technology engineering and manufacturing company.
"The addition of Quanta Cloud Technology to our vendor portfolio gives our customers access to a highly innovative range of flexible and scalable solutions for the datacenter environment," said Michael Urban, senior vice president, Broadline, Services, CE, and Procurement at Tech Data Europe. "QCT's products not only enable our reseller partners to provide highly tailored solutions to address the specific needs of systems integrators, but also to diversify and expand their current offering in the cloud and datacenter infrastructure fields. We are really looking forward to driving the growth of QCT's solutions throughout our entire European reseller community with the support of Tech Data’s best-in-class logistics and sales capabilities."
"We are pleased to welcome Tech Data into our global distributor network," said Mike Yang, general manager of QCT. "Together, we are extending the power of hyperscale datacenter design to customers throughout Europe."
Distree 2016: a fill of innovations
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:
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 Schweiz AG
Tech Data Schweiz AG
Dhr. Pascal Murciano
Oprichtingsjaar : 1983