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Oct 27 2010   10:41AM GMT

Avnet adds to SolutionsPath lineup

ElaineHom Elaine Hom Profile: ElaineHom

This week, Avnet announced the addition of four new tracks to its SolutionsPath roster: mobility, energy, retail and financial. Previously, Avnet’s SolutionsPath lineup included only virtualization, storage, networking, security, government, and healthcare.

While none of these additions are really a surprise, it is interesting that Avnet is taking such a close look at them. Energy, retail and financial are givens — verticals are hot, and with stimulus money still available in the energy sector, the retail sector growing again, and the financial sector in dire need of trustworthy partners who understand the regulations. With Avnet’s hands-on and in-depth training, partners are guaranteed a rich education about these markets.

The one I find most interesting is MobilityPath. Obviously, mobility is a major part of any company’s overall IT strategy. Mobility coupled with unified communications is the wave of the future for IT communications, and it’s important that resellers understand exactly how lucrative this field can be. The program specifically focuses on the concept of a mobile-ready data center — business applications that can be delivered to any mobile device, which is just an extension of said data center.

For more information about Avnet’s vertical market training, check out this Q&A on Avnet’s HealthPath University with David Hutchinson, VP of healthcare solutions for Avnet.

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