Ingram Micro takes cloud business global
Capitalizing on its success in North America, broadliner Ingram Micro is now expanding its Ingram Micro Cloud into a worldwide services organization that will specialize locally and scale globally to accelerate the adoption of cloud services. First launched in North America, the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace is a transactional online marketplace for channel partners and IT professionals to educate themselves, browse, buy, deploy and manage a comprehensive suite of cloud services with ease and efficiency directly from Ingram Micro. Under the new worldwide organization, Ingram Micro's online marketplace, which features more than 200 solutions and 70 vendors, will adopt a global platform that is built to enhance the marketplace's capabilities and introduce a new series of cloud management services. As part of Ingram Micro's new global cloud organization, Turker Sokullu, president and founder of Softcom, now also serves as vice president cloud platform and product design, Ingram Micro. Renee Bergeron, vice president cloud computing, has expanded her role to include global cloud sales and marketing. Both executives report directly to Dave and are supported by a growing team of cloud services professionals.
VentureTech Network crosses the Atlantic
United Kingdom: broadliner Ingram Micro has launched its VentureTech Network (VTN) partner community in the country. The United Kingdom is the first country in Europe to be covered by VTN, established by Ingram Micro 15 years ago in the United States. VTN is an exclusive network of independent resellers who share ideas, resources, and technologies in a non-competitive environment. VTN makes it possible for members to easily partner with one another and to turn a local or regional business into a nationwide or multiregional operation. The network offers access to technology best practices, best-in-class solutions, and industry-leading service deployment through Ingram Micro partners. As part of the community, VTN members have the opportunity to network with and learn from other successful resellers, share best practices, leverage capabilities, and have greater visibility of vendors and market evolution. Mark Williams, Client Services Director of Wavex, will serve as VTN UK's first council President. To date, almost 20 resellers have already joined the new network.
Tech Data Europe appoints Senior Vice President, Operations
Tech Data Europe has appointed Johan Vandenbussche to the new position of senior vice president, Operations. In this role, Vandenbussche will lead the Operations unit in Tech Data Europe, including overall responsibility for HR, Logistics, IT coordination and the company's internal consulting team, which focuses on the standardization and enhancement of working practices across its country operations. He will join the company's European Executive Board and will report to Néstor Cano, President Europe. For the last 15 years Vandenbussche served as a senior international executive with Tech Data's arch-nemesis Ingram Micro, variously holding responsibility as vice president for regional operations, M&A in Europe and the company's pan-European business unit.
Ingram Micro reviews its new European operating model
Broadliner Ingram Micro has unveiled plans to transform its current European organization into a consistent pan-European operating model that is expected to significantly improve the way it serves vendors, customers and other business partners. By simplifying and standardizing its organizational set-up across all countries, Ingram Micro plans to utilize economies of scale and leverage its local experience internationally to continue driving sustainable growth throughout the European region. The transformation is expected to roll out gradually over the course of 2014. In order to achieve its objectives, Ingram Micro has planned a number of strategic initiatives that will drive operational excellence by:
- standardizing the go-to-market models in all European countries to improve the international reach of Ingram Micro's commercial network.
- maximizing scale opportunities by managing centrally the business support functions, such as human resources, finance, information systems and operations, allowing the country operations to fully focus on their go-to-market initiatives.
- improving Ingram Micro's logistic footprint by consolidating our warehousing facilities in Germany and Benelux. The company's Trier, Germany warehouse will be integrated into the Straubing facility and the Belgian warehouse is planned to be consolidated into a single Benelux warehouse in Tilburg, the Netherlands. These moves ought to offer greater service capabilities to its customers and vendors.
- consolidating transactional support by expanding the use of the Ingram Micro Shared Service Center in Sofia, Bulgaria through the transfer of additional country business-support functions as well as through the consolidation of activities from the Regional Accounting Center in Barcelona, Spain.
- the distributor will no longer organize functions centrally in one location. Now, management support functions from its European headquarters in Belgium will gradually transfer to various country based and global competence centers. For example, the Dutch organization will be home to the European finance competence center and Germany will be organizing the Advanced Solutions business whilst France will assume responsibility for managing certain European vendor management roles.
While it is expected this transformation will impact a number of positions in various countries (about 180 people in Belgium and 30 people confirmed in Sweden for example, according to sources, shared between the European headquarters which will be closed and the local office), Ingram Micro will be working closely with employee representatives throughout the region to consult on its plan and discuss a fair outcome for those impacted.
Ingram Micro appoints Tenured Global Technology Executive Ernest Park as CIO
Broadliner Ingram Micro has appointed Ernest (Ernie) Park as senior executive vice president and CIO. He replaces Mario Leone, who left the company earlier this year. Nimesh Dave, who had assumed responsibility and oversight of the company's worldwide information and business systems during the search for a new chief information officer, continues his focus on driving productivity and efficiency across the business, while helping to position Ingram Micro in the Cloud, in his role as Ingram Micro executive vice president, global business process and cloud computing. In his new role, Park will be responsible for Ingram Micro's worldwide information and business systems and will lead an information technology organization that supports hundreds of thousands of transactions per day through operations on five continents. Reporting to Ingram Micro chief executive officer Alain Monié, Park will become a member of the worldwide executive team and officer of the corporation.