Avnet Ranks 4th on the 2015 InformationWeek Elite 100
PHOENIX – Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that it ranked No. 4 on the InformationWeek Elite 100 – a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S. Avnet was recognized for the development of an innovative cloud-based training system that serves as the foundation for Avnet Academy – the company’s education and training organization focused on technical training around top IT vendor technologies.
The development of this system allowed Avnet to quickly expand its IT-related training capabilities around the world, while creating a new service that Avnet and its IT solution providers can offer to their customers.
“Avnet is constantly searching for innovative ideas to profitably grow our business while accelerating the success of our customers and partners,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president and CIO, Avnet, Inc. “The development of Avnet’s customer training system is a prime example of how our business and IT teams have worked in partnership to develop a state-of-the-art technology system needed to start up a new global business within our company. Being recognized on the InformationWeek Elite 100 is a strong endorsement of the entrepreneurial spirit that inspires the Avnet team to constantly find new opportunities while delivering outstanding experiences for our customers and partners.”
Avnet’s business leaders, educational services experts and IT team collaborated to create the cloud-based training platform that underpins Avnet Academy. This platform includes a web portal, academy.avnet.com, which provides customers with a way to easily search for courses, find training schedules, enroll in classes, and chat with Avnet’s education experts. Additionally, students are able to hone their technical skills in a cloud-based virtual data center environment.