Broadliner Tech Data has unveiled enhancements to StreamOne, the company's platform that powers its award-winning Cloud Solutions Store. StreamOne, which enables partners to offer and scale cloud and subscription services, now gives solution providers the capability to customise their own online cloud store or integrate with the Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store. Additionally, the company announced an agreement with Global Knowledge, a leading provider of learning services and professional development solutions, to provide cloud business assessments through its Tech Data Cloud business unit. The announcements were made in conjunction with Tech Data's participation in Microsoft's 2016 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), held last week in Toronto.
"Our enhancements to the StreamOne platform enable solution providers to do what they do best—solve their clients' problems—while leaving the rest to us", said John Tonnison, executive vice president, Cloud Computing and chief information officer at Tech Data. "Tech Data's ability to offer the right mix of customised solutions, education, and programs for our customers uniquely positions us to propel them on their individual cloud journeys. Combining our competence and strength in the on-prem market with our strategic investments in the mobile, cloud, and IoT markets, Tech Data is well-equipped to empower our resellers in the hybrid world, where the business of IT will soon take place."
Tech Data's StreamOne platform now offers more flexibility and functionality for solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs), who can now launch a private label cloud store or integrate Tech Data Cloud’s services into an existing e-commerce environment. Tech Data Cloud has also developed APIs to validate Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) identification and existing Cloud Service Provider (CSP) tenants, improving processes to migrate customers from Microsoft's Advisor and Open programs to Microsoft CSPs. The enhancements to StreamOne include:
Tech Data Cloud's Private Label Marketplace, powered by StreamOne, enables solution providers and MSPs to implement a customizable e-commerce platform powered by the Tech Data Cloud Solutions Store. The Private Label Marketplace provides a complete purchasing experience for Microsoft CSP products, including automated provisioning and flexible billing cycles, as well as the ability to bundle Microsoft products with a partners' services or as add-ons.
StreamOne APIs enable partners to leverage their existing e-commerce and in-house systems while connecting to the Tech Data Cloud Solution Store for cloud service catalogues, ordering, subscription management, and billing management. Tech Data offers a complete set of StreamOne APIs, as well as partner support.
Microsoft Azure available via the Microsoft CSP program provides partners with instant access to pre-configured bundles, including backup, site recovery, file storage, SQL Server, and Virtual Machines. The fully automated process enables partners to purchase, provision, and manage cloud solutions in a true consumption-based model.
These new offerings are available immediately in the United States and Europe through Tech Data offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Availability in Canada is expected in the autumn.
"As the amount of data businesses are generating increases, their capacity—both in terms of physical infrastructure and staff bandwidth—can't keep up, and the need for more hybrid and cloud environments will become increasingly necessary", said David Smith, vice president, Worldwide SMB at Microsoft. "Tech Data's StreamOne platform has evolved to help resellers meet the new demands of the market and we look forward to their continued partnership as our solution providers adopt the future of cloud."
Tech Data Cloud has also added Global Knowledge to its Cloud Mastery Journey, a program designed to help solution providers build fully-optimised cloud businesses. Through the agreement with Global Knowledge, Tech Data Cloud now offers the Cloud Mastery Assessment (CMA) tool, which assesses cloud practice capabilities and provides practical resources to help build successful cloud partner practices. Once the CMA tool has been used to identify areas for operational improvement, partners can then engage in consultant-led workshops to accelerate a personalised journey specifically tailored to fit their cloud business practice. The CMA tool is now available to solution providers through Tech Data Cloud in the United States and Europe, with availability in Canada coming this autumn.
Semiconductor specialist Avnet Silica offers the full range of products available from Microchip, including the additional solutions for: Automotive, Touch, Memory and Security solutions added to the Microchip portfolio after its acquisition of Atmel. Atmel products now included within the Microchip collection include the complete broad-based product portfolio that spans microcontroller, wireless, touch, automotive, security and memory solutions. Following the acquisition, Microchip has become the third largest microcontroller manufacturer worldwide. Microchip is a market leader in the Internet of Things (IOT), having added products to its wireless portfolio including WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE and other RF protocols and the complete range is available through Avnet Silica's offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
"Avnet Silica continues to boast a strong partnership with Microchip that has developed over a number of years. The expansion of our portfolio of Microchip products from PIC MCUs, to touch, connectivity and Security solutions cover a huge range of market areas such as Industrial, Automotive, Aerospace and Internet of Things", said Mario Orlandi, President of Avnet Silica. "With the full range of Microchip products available through Avnet Silica, and our expert technical support, we are able to provide solutions to our customers across a wide variety of sectors."
Gary Marsh, VP Sales EMEA of Microchip commented, "For any company, innovation and differentiation is the key to prosperity. Microchip and Avnet aim to lead the quest for innovation by providing insight and knowledge to our customers with combined vision, differentiated products and services. With the recent acquisition of Atmel, Microchip is continuing to acquire and develop technologies to ensure we can provide the most comprehensive solutions for our customers and we are very happy to extend our relationship with Avnet Silica to include the entire Atmel product range. Avnet's engineering teams are already integrating solutions from the combined Microchip and Atmel portfolio into their focus market hardware and software platforms for embedded vision, security, IOT, aerospace and Datacom's to ensure customers can reduce development time and achieve their time-to-market goals. The combined portfolio enhances our already powerful lineup to provide the industry’s widest microcontroller portfolio. With thousands of PIC MCUs, MIPS, ARM AVR, connectivity and smart analog products we can help our customers design in the most optimized devices for their designs."
Avnet names Bill Amelio interim CEO
American multispecialis Avnet has announced that William (“Bill”) J. Amelio, a member of Avnet's Board of Directors, has been named as interim Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective immediately. Mr. Amelio brings more than 35 years of management and industry experience to his new role having served in senior positions at global publicly traded companies, and has spent most of his career managing global technology enterprises. Mr. Amelio is replacing Rick Hamada, who is stepping down from his position at the company and on the Board of Directors. William H. Schumann, Chairman of the Board said, "Bill's extensive experience in international business operations, corporate leadership and management will help steer the company toward success in a rapidly changing industry. His proven expertise will be critical in accelerating Avnet’s growth, driving an enhanced execution focus and implementing management systems to promote greater accountability."
"I look forward to working with the management team and all of Avnet's talented employees worldwide as we strive to achieve profitable growth for shareholders and operational excellence for customers while enhancing the company’s winning culture to the benefit of employees", said Mr. Amelio.
Mr. Amelio was the president, chief executive officer and a director of CHC Group Ltd., an international oil-field services company, from 2010 to 2015. From 2005 to 2009, he served as president and chief executive officer of Lenovo, a multinational Fortune 500 technology company, and was previously a regional senior vice president and president, Asia-Pacific and Japan for Dell Inc. He began his career with the Microelectronics Technology Division of IBM in 1979 and later became the General Manager Worldwide Operations of the Personal Computer Division. Mr. Amelio also previously served on the Board of Directors of National Semiconductor. He has a chemical engineering degree from Lehigh University and a masters in management degree from Stanford University.
"On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Rick for his service and the many important contributions he has made during his 32 years with Avnet", continued Schumann. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
It's official: the Partner Country at CeBIT 2017 will be Japan, as announced by Deutsche Messe AG as the producers of CeBIT. The agreement pairs the world's leading event for the digitalization of business, government and society with an absolute global frontrunner in R&D and all things high-tech and digital. During a visit to Germany last May by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited Japan to be honored as the official Partner Country for CeBIT 2017 – an invitation that Prime Minister Abe cordially accepted, adding that Germany is Japan's biggest and most important European trading partner. The show's partnership with the world's third-largest economy is well timed, coinciding as it does with Prime Minister Abe's call to strengthen his country's domestic industrial base and revitalize the global economy. In Abe's industrial and economic strategy, digitalization plays a very special role.
Oliver Frese, the member of Deutsche Messe's Managing Board responsible for CeBIT, commented by saying: "Japan is one of Germany's most important economic and trading partners in the Asia region. As the organizers of CeBIT, we are proud to have the chance to further deepen and enhance the close bilateral ties we share. Our two nations both place major emphasis on export business, and each is home to major manufacturers and providers across multiple industries. I am therefore confident that the upcoming show will feature a wealth of ground-breaking innovations. Japan's Partner Country involvement will spark considerable innovation across every sector of our economies."
The leading German IT industry association BITKOM sees Japan as a key trading partner. "Japan is an incubator of digital technologies", commented its president, Thorsten Dirks. "It is home to highly innovative industries that are undisputed world leaders in many fields, including driverless vehicles and robotics. Moreover, it is a society that welcomes innovation and readily embraces new technology – something that we here in Germany could learn a great deal from. Japan is also a key trading partner for German ICT companies. All of which points to CeBIT as the perfect platform for furthering bilateral dialogue, particularly for SMEs and startups."
BITKOM figures indicate that Japanese exports of ICT products to Germany in 2015 totaled €1.3b, up a good 19% from 2014. German ICT exports to Japan also increased – by around 15% – taking the 2015 total to approximately €270m euros. As a developer of digital technologies, Japan ranks among the world's foremost innovators. And it is putting these technologies to many novel uses, e.g. for the benefit of its aging and declining population, with huge resources being invested in in intelligent assistive and care systems. Other top priorities on Japan's digital agenda are the Internet of Things and associated IT security issues. In pursuit of these goals, Japan is also increasingly engaging in international partnerships. Making the country one of the world's most progressive societies by the year 2020 – in time for the Tokyo Olympics – is a major objective currently being pursued by the Japanese government.
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.