Infrastructure VAD Avnet Technology Solutions has announced that Avnet Academy, its training division, is expanding its education portfolio to include comprehensive training courses for Lenovo's System x and Flex products. This is now available to partners and their customers in all the countries where Avnet operates around the globe. Avnet continues to invest in delivering IT training and certification services, principally around the high-growth technologies that align with Avnet's solutions specialist approach. Lenovo is an existing strategic supplier for Avnet, and this agreement will further support partners and their customers to develop, implement and maintain business solutions that rely on Lenovo technology. IT education and certification training enables IT professionals to become more highly qualified. According to IDC, certified IT professionals take training at a far greater rate than their uncertified colleagues. The study showed that certified professionals are:
Hees Ham, vice president of Education Services North America at Avnet Technology Solutions, said: "we're providing our partners with tools and training to help their end customers accelerate their careers. With our Lenovo training path, we will help guide IT professionals to ensure they have the skills, certifications and tools needed to handle real-world, next-generation technology environments."
Alex M. Badia, director Data Center Group Services Training at Lenovo, said: "as a leading solutions specialist, the launch of this program by Avnet makes it simpler for partners and their customers to build up knowledge and become more highly qualified, which in turn helps them to transform technology into business solutions and further accelerate their success." Supporting the new Lenovo agreement, Avnet is running pilot partner programs to encourage the successful promotion of training. They will offer rewards for positioning training effectively, with the aim of driving accelerated growth in education services. In the EMEA region, Avnet is a Lenovo distributor in Austria, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Development distributor Farnell element14 has announced a new franchise with mechanical design editor Autodesk, to distribute its products in Europe, including two new products from Autodesk, AutoCAD LT (2D drawing and prototyping) and AutoDesk Fusion 360 (mechanical design, 3D modelling, rapid prototyping and 3D prototyping/printing). Peter Wenzel, Global Software Product Line Manager for element14, speaking of the new franchise agreement said: "the new Autodesk franchise strengthens Farnell element14's portfolio of professional engineering software and solidifies our position as the destination for engineering software for electronics and industrial engineers alike. As one of the most trusted CAD tool providers in the world for all engineering disciplines, Autodesk's products complement Farnell element14's existing capabilities and offerings and will also present new mechanical design opportunities for members of our element14 Community."
Autodesk products are one of many in Farnell element14's portfolio of embedded, PCB, and mechanical software available on the element14 Design Center. All of the main categories of design software are available: integrated development environments & compilers, operating systems and middleware, EDA software, mechanical design software and test & simulation software. Additionally, the Design Center provides customers with a streamlined software selection and purchasing experience with free software trials and multiple delivery options, including instantaneous eDelivery. They are available through Farnell element14 offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
India: broadliner Savera Digital has become premium PAN India distributor for ASRock. This partnership will bring together Savera's distribution network to deliver ASRock's AMD range of motherboards. This distribution tie up will strengthen the company's foot-hold in the motherboard segment in the IT arena and will Savera-Digitalincrease geographical reach for ASRock. The main objective behind this tie up is to grow the business volume and to achieve objectives of deeper penetration in non-metros and untapped cities.
Speaking on the announcement, Manoj Kriplani, Country Manager at ASRock, said: "Savera Digital India Pvt Ltd is a trusted name in Indian IT distribution system and is one of the fastest growing distributors in India. With this tie-up we are looking for enhanced focus on value products & the build-up for DIY ecosystem. Our AMD market share continues to improve as channel & customers are looking for quality products and ASRock is known for bringing out the best of the motherboards which can fulfill customer requirements."
Gopal Pansari, Managing Director at Savera Digital India, said: "we thank ASRock for appointment of Savera Digital for its AMD Range of motherboards. Savera has always partnered with the best Global brands and we continue to grow year on year by providing the best of the products and services to our customers and partners. We are in our 18th year of journey. Today we pride our self with a partner base of 5000+ partners across 600 cities in India. Our experience in the component sales & marketing and our strong partner network will compliment the addition of ASRock AMD range to our portfolio. We have 14 branches effectively covering A, B, C & D class of cities across India. These are the cities which have a good DIY market for AMD based computing solutions. We are confident of adding a lot of value to the ASRock brand." (source: IT VAR News India).
Danish sparepart specialist Comway Distribution has reached an agreement to acquire its Swedish-based competitor Convena International for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is the first step in the realisation of a new growth strategy. Comway Distribution is pleased with the successful acquisition of Convena International, which has a good name in the market. Convena International will complement the Danish IT distributor's current business model and strengthen its business platform with a range of agreements with global manufacturers.
"We are very pleased to have successfully reached an agreement with the owners of Convena International on an acquisition. We will continue to participate in the growing consolidation in the industry. We believe that a collection of more brands under a single roof, combined with a deeper understanding of the products, will create additional value for our customers. Convena International is very similar to Comway Distribution, making us a bigger and stronger company from day one, while further reinforcing our local presence in the EMEA region", says Peter Klaris, CEO of Comway Distribution – a view that is seconded by Tomas Ingvason from Convena International. "Many potential buyers have expressed interest in us in recent years. We are certain that Comway Distribution is the right buyer. They match us well in terms of their products and their people. Comway Distribution is known and respected in the market, and I see a lot of opportunities for further developing the two businesses and creating a strong, unified company", says Tomas Ingvason, former majority shareholder of Convena International.
Convena International, which had turnover of approximately €32m in 2016, has offices in Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, while Comway Distribution has offices in Czechia, Denmark and France (its Swedish office having been closed just before the acquisition, while the American office has been closed in September following the departure of its sales manager). The new offices bring the new company even closer to its customers and increases its local presence. "This acquisition strengthens our product portfolio for the benefit of our customers. The combination of the two companies will also further strengthen our digital setup. We have invested in a state of the art e-commerce platform that is fully equipped to fulfil our digital ambitions. And we have also made major investments in our capacity to support customers', suppliers' and other business partners' demands for complex solutions via EDI", says Peter Klaris.
Redington and RS Components expand
India: HP and broadliner Redington have launched together India's first Center of Excellence in Chennai. The Centre of Excellence in Guindy Industrial Estate will reportedly showcase HP Indigo's Digital offset Presses along with a host of Pre Press, Post Press and Web-to-Print solutions for Commercial, Photo, Publishing and Labels & Packaging segments. HP The Centre of Excellence is equipped with HP Indigo 5900, 7900 and the latest 12000 Digital Presses. It also has a wide range Pre Press and software solutions including Esko Graphics, Haiyaa, Color Logic, Human Eyes, Enfocus & HP Mosaic. The Center is also equipped with a wide range of finishing equipment. Customers who visit the center of excellence will have experience of the end to end solutions. A sizable portion of the Center of Excellence is dedicated for Brand Owners and Print Buyers, who can get to see some of the best print applications from across the world and hear the stories behind some of the world’s most successful digital print campaigns. The application gallery also host a Digital super market that has the best of Labels and Packaging applications that can serve as a gold mine of information to Packaging development managers. To provide a superior pre-sale customer experience, the Center of Excellence is developed on a total budget of €2.7m.
Electronic and maintenance product distributor RS Components has opened its innovation hub, a new "Electronic Centre" in Bengaluru. The high service level supplier of electronic components and tools plans to invest close to €13.5m over the next two to five years at the Bangalore centre. The new 185 sqm office in the heart of Bangalore has been set up to support electronic design engineers and manufacturers in the region. The company also plans to set up a warehouse which will enable RS Components to undertake "next day delivery" to its customers. The Bengaluru Centre will have technical marketing and support teams, specialized sales force that will focus on specific industry verticals like IoT, Medical Electronics, Aeronautics, Automotive and R&D sector (source: Channel Times India and IT Var News India).