Avnet Names Michael Buseman Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer
Multispecialist Avnet has named Michael Buseman as chief global logistics and operations officer. As announced in July, Avnet's current global logistics and operations officer, Gerry Fay, was promoted to global president for Avnet Electronics Marketing. Buseman was selected to succeed Fay based on a strong background of more than 25 years of experience in the electronics industry. Having begun his career as a process and manufacturing engineer, Buseman is an accomplished operating and supply chain executive with global experience managing manufacturing and warehouse operations in the electronics manufacturing systems (EMS) provider space.
Avnet Services signs partnership with Network 2 Supplies (N2S)
Avnet Services, an operating group of multispecialist Avnet, has inked a strategic partnership with N2S to deploy its UNITY Estate Management solution. The agreement further develops N2S' environmentally friendly supply chain, which aims to move the channel from its current 'take, make and dispose' model to a 'take, make, use and remake' approach. Avnet's UNITY solution helps organizations mitigate against financial risk by pinpointing end of life IT assets for disposal. The partnership promotes a circular economy, actively seeking to reuse the equipment it decommissions on behalf of customers, rather than simply disposing of it. This ensures businesses adhere to the latest WEEE directives set out by the Environment Agency, thus avoiding regulatory fines. Since deploying UNITY Estate Management, N2S has noticed a series of considerable benefits. The transparency of the system recently enabled N2S to detect 2,500 disks and other IT items across more than 1,000 sites that were no longer in use but not listed on the customer's original inventory. This was the equivalent of charging 20,000 smartphones 24 hours a day, every day, which has resulted in a huge power saving for the organization. The same customer recently undertook a year-long network transformation program and N2S achieved just 0.1 percent in landfill compared with the 29 percent quoted by some of its competitors. In addition, the partnership is flexible. By harnessing Avnet's knowledge, N2S can also help its customers build a successful UNITY Estate Management framework themselves or can manage it on their behalf as a managed service provider (MSP).
Avnet Technology Solutions becomes Cisco European distributor for SAP HANA–based UCS servers
Multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has been selected by Cisco as the first distributor in EMEA to provide Cisco Unified Computing System servers running the new SAP HANA software platform, through its offices in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The agreement enables Avnet's EMEA reseller base to engage SAP-based customers across Europe. The Cisco UCS for SAP HANA solution allows customers to perform real-time data analytics and data warehousing in seconds, while laying the foundation to run SAP's other core enterprise applications on SAP HANA in the future. Through a unique combination of simplified management and scalability, operational automation and best-of-breed storage options, the Cisco UCS for SAP HANA solution answers customer demand for greater control and manageability of their business-critical applications. Avnet has already seen early success selling Cisco UCS SAP HANA to the TRAFFIX Group, a business partner headquartered in Hamburg, Germany.
Avnet acquires assets of Seamless Technologies
Multispecialist Avnet has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Seamless Technologies, an IT private cloud and data center automation service provider. Seamless Technologies provides expertise and services in IT infrastructure software technologies, automation, cloud, virtualization, integration, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices. Seamless Technologies has developed a robust cloud practice, working with customers of all sizes on their transition to private, public and hybrid cloud environments. The company generated revenue of approximately €10.5 million in the 2012 calendar year.
Avnet Technology Solutions introduces Avnet Services
Multispecialist Avnet Technology Solutions has unveiled Avnet Services, a new global business model designed to create greater alignment and increase operational efficiencies for Avnet's services offerings around the world. Avnet Services will combine existing services organizations within Avnet into one dedicated, global team with a unified strategy focused on software, lifecycle and education services that complement existing solutions sales and suppliers' services offerings. The Avnet Services team will continue to work with channel partners, including value-added resellers (VARs), independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators (SIs), and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), to sell and deliver these services. Avnet's channel partners and suppliers will benefit from expanded capabilities, extended reach and scale, faster time to market, variable cost models, and increased revenue and margins from services offerings. Avnet Services will create a consistent customer experience by combining several existing businesses within Avnet, including many services-focused companies that have been acquired over the past several years. It brings together the aftermarket and technology lifecycle services organizations within Avnet Integrated, and the services and software operations of recent acquisitions, such as Ascendant Technology, BrightStar Partners, Canvas Systems, Genilogix, Mattelli, Pepperweed Consulting, and TSSLink. Avnet Services will now support its partners through an integrated team of more than 2000 service delivery specialists. Avnet Services will target high-growth opportunities and operate in parallel with Avnet Technology Solutions' core product business model. Initially, services offerings will be developed and delivered in analytics, big data, cloud computing and converged infrastructure. The global team will be led by Bill Wentworth, senior vice president of Avnet Services. A 27-year veteran of the technology industry, Wentworth most recently served as senior vice president of Avnet Integrated, where he was responsible for managing and promoting the services capabilities of its acquired businesses, which include Broadband, Nexicore, Pinnacle Data Systems, and ROUND2. The regional services teams will report to Wentworth. Avnet Services, Americas, will be led by Tony Vottima, and the EMEA team will be led by Christian Magirus. The executive team in Asia is currently interviewing candidates for its regional Avnet Services leadership position. In the EMEA region, Avnet Services will be gradually launched in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.