Southern Europe: in Spain, broadliner Esprinet has started the distribution of the smart home solutions from Wattio. Its competitor Infortisa has acquired mobile accessory vendor X-One, whose products it will of course distribute in the country1. And network and security VAD Ireo has inked a partnership with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to distribute their full network infrastructure offer2. In Italy, Chinese accessory vendor Rapoo has appointed broadliner Datamatic as its first distributor in the country. Broadliner Tech Data has promoted Antonella Baldassare, until now Corporate Communication Manager, to Marketing Communication Manager. She will report to Renato Cosenza, Marketing Communication & TD Datech Director at Tech Data Italia. Its competitor Cometa has opened up a new line of products, dedicated to the healthcare market. The first new brand to be included in this new business is the Spanish startup Oblumi, which has developed an infrared digital thermometer for smartphones (source: Globb Partner España, Channel Partner España 1 and 2, 01Net Italia, Top Trade Informatica Italia).
Tech Data has launched MIIMETIQ EDGE, an all-in-one Internet of Things (IoT) development platform that enables systems integrators and service providers to jumpstart their IoT projects. MIIMETIQ EDGE, which has been developed in collaboration with Dell and IoT technology partner NEXIONA, is available as an integrated solution with the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 Series for rapid IoT framework development—from proof of concept to enterprise deployment. The solutions are immediately available in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, with global deployment beginning in 2017. They are being presented in each country by the local teams, specifically hired to develop this business, such as Christophe Fortuné in France.
MIIMETIQ EDGE is part of the new SmartForce Internet of Things (IoT) lineup offered by Tech Data’s Smart IoT Solutions practice. The SmartForce offering comprises a portfolio of validated end-to-end solutions for partners to quickly realize the benefits of bringing new digital services like predictive maintenance, asset and fleet management, and intelligent shopping to market in segments such as smart manufacturing, smart transportation and logistics, smart retail, and smart spaces. Victor Paradell, vice president, Smart IoT Solutions at Tech Data, said: "Gartner Inc. forecasts that 5.5 million new things will get connected every day in 2016, with IoT supporting total services spending of €212B, up 22% from last year. In this context of rapid growth, our goal is to help partners targeting the mid-market, as millions of small and medium-sized enterprises begin to adopt these IoT solutions through smaller-scale sensor deployments. With SmartForce, solution providers can spark innovation by getting access to Tech Data's partner ecosystem across the technology stack."
Dermot O’Connell, vice president and general manager, OEM Solutions at Dell EMC EMEA, said: "we are delighted to work with Tech Data and NEXIONA on this innovative SmartForce IoT solution portfolio. We speak with customers across a range of sectors, and many organizations are currently at the proof of concept (POC) stage in their journey to transform their business—and keen to take advantage of megatrends like digitization and IoT. These validated end-to-end solutions from a trusted brand such as Tech Data will be a huge catalyst to accelerate this transformation.”"
The Dell Edge Gateway, powered by Intel processor technology, brings the power of analytics to the edge of the IoT network, reducing the time and cost associated with transferring non-essential data to the cloud or data center. The Dell Edge Gateway is flexible, connects both legacy and modern sensors and devices, and can be customized for various commercial use cases. NEXIONA MIIMETIQ LITE allows system integrators and service providers to rapidly and easily design, prototype, and commercialize their own industrial IoT applications by simplifying the secure connection to physical devices and the management of all sensor data. MIIMETIQ LITE supports more than 60 machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT protocols and communication technologies, including MQTT, CoAP, Sigfox, HTTP, TCP, and UDP. MIIMETIG LITE is built on a flexible service-oriented architecture (SOA) that fully integrates with IBM Watson IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT Hub cloud services.
"We are very excited to launch MIIMETIQ EDGE in cooperation with Dell and Tech Data. This ground-breaking new product opens up the IoT opportunity for systems integrators, with a ready-made solution for creating a scalable and highly flexible connected environment", said Jaume Rey, chief executive officer of NEXIONA. "MIIMETIQ EDGE allows systems integrators and end users to own and operate their own platforms, enabling a hybrid mix of cloud and on-premise hosting, while removing the dependence on a single supplier. We see it as a game-changer, offering an adaptable and affordable solution which addresses the growing demand for multiple small-scale IoT implementations in the SMB segment", added Rey.
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 features an analytics dashboard that displays real-time Microsoft Azure consumption and launches proactive notifications when usage charges exceed set thresholds. The enhancements will be available to solution providers and managed service providers (MSPs) in the United States and Europe.
"Tech Data is the first distributor to offer this kind of insight into Microsoft Azure", said John Tonnison, executive vice president, Cloud Computing and chief information officer at Tech Data. "These enhancements deliver on our commitment to enabling our solution providers to lead with, support and manage Azure subscriptions. With the new monitoring and budgeting capabilities, we are giving our solution providers better visibility to manage and monitor their clients' consumption and mitigate credit risk."
Tech Data's StreamOne platform is more deeply integrating with Microsoft Azure, offering solution providers and MSPs visibility into aggregate Azure consumption by customer tenant. The dashboard will provide details around Azure usage, monthly tracking and usage predictions, and overall budget and credit limits. In July, Tech Data announced enhancements to StreamOne that enable solution providers to launch a private label cloud store or integrate Tech Data Cloud services into an existing e-commerce environment. Tech Data Cloud has also recently delivered 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 CSP. Tech Data Cloud offers solution providers and MSPs the capabilities needed to capitalize on cloud opportunities in the marketplace, including the tools to optimize and transform their businesses. The Tech Data Cloud team offers education, marketing, business planning, demand creation, sales training and services to enable partners to successfully sell cloud products and solutions.
Tech Data in the cloud with Netalia
Italy: broadliner Tech Data has added Netalia, a local cloud provider focussed on the midmarket and major account market. The full Netalia offer will be included in Tech Data TDCloud local platform, and available to all Tech Data resellers in the country.
American multispecialist Avnet has entered into an agreement to sell its Technology Solutions operating group to broadliner Tech Data in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately €2.35b, in what is surely the IT distribution biggest merger to date. The sale of this business provides both Avnet and Tech Data with immediate opportunities to focus on core strategies and scale their respective businesses, ultimately delivering greater profitability to their shareholders.
"We believe the acquisition of Technology Solutions by Tech Data is the best decision for our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders. This transaction presents us with the best strategic path for Avnet's future success and profitability, and puts Technology Solutions in position to achieve breakthrough business results with Tech Data", said William Amelio, CEO of Avnet. "Moving forward, Avnet will focus its resources and investments on becoming a leader in design chain and supply chain services not only for our current customers and suppliers, but also for new markets. We will drive targeted investments in embedded solutions, Internet of Things (IOT) and critical digital platforms. By investing in these high growth areas, we can expand the breadth of our portfolio and attract new customers worldwide who depend on us to deliver world-class solutions."
Avnet's Technology Solutions operating group is an IT solutions distributor focusing on the datacenter, network, storage and security markets in more than 80 countries (in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom for the EMEA region, which will all reinforce local TD Azlan teams, or ought to create new business, such as in Hungary, India, Romania or Turkey). It provides next generation solutions, marketing, training, resources and services that span the cloud to the data center and encompass the entire IT lifecycle. They work with value-added resellers to make it easier and more affordable to enter and excel in high-growth technology and vertical markets locally and around the world.
"We are excited to announce this transformative transaction, which creates a premier global IT distributor with the most diverse end-to-end solutions from the data center to the living room", said Bob Dutkowsky, CEO of Tech Data. "This combination complements our value-added distribution capabilities in Europe and the Americas, while establishing Tech Data's presence in Asia-Pacific, which will be a new market for us. As a result of the enhanced value proposition created through this transaction, Tech Data will be even better positioned to capture opportunities in next-generation technologies, deliver differentiated value to our customers and vendor partners, support career development for our employees, and generate strong returns for our shareholders. We believe the strategic and financial benefits resulting from this transformative combination are compelling for both our company and our stakeholders. We look forward to welcoming the Technology Solutions team to the Tech Data family and are excited about the future opportunities ahead."
Patrick Zammit, president of the Technology Solutions business, said, "Industry standardisation, innovation and converging technologies have transformed our industry. The broader portfolio created through this combination will enable both businesses to better capitalise on these trends, while also providing new opportunities for Technology Solutions to optimise and expand its offering, as well as unlock value in ways we could not historically. Given the strength of our customer and vendor relationships, our common cultures and values, as well as the skilled and engaged teams at both businesses, I am confident that this is a winning combination."
Tech Data + Technology Solutions: strong platform for growth and value creation
Terms and Financing
Under the terms of the agreement, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, Avnet will receive €2.15b in cash and 2.785 million shares of Tech Data common stock, currently valued at approximately €180m and representing an approximate 7% ownership position in Tech Data. Tech Data intends to finance the cash portion of the consideration through a combination of cash on hand, drawings under its existing revolver, and proceeds from a new term loan facility and senior notes, which are backstopped by fully-committed debt financing from BofA Merrill Lynch. Following the close of the transaction, Tech Data will continue to benefit from strong cash flows to support debt reduction and organic growth initiatives. Tech Data expects to maintain an investment-grade profile and to reach a target leverage ratio of approximately 2.5x total debt-to-adjusted EBITDA within 18 to 24 months. The deal is of course subject to the approval of competition authorities throughout the world.
Tech Data Italia SpA
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