Industry talking to customers What's this? Empowering with Advanced Solutions Published: August 24th, 2017 By: Glenn Weir If there is one constant in the world of business today, it’s change. While for the great and successful companies of yesteryear the plan for success involved securing the top spot and leveraging a hard-won reputation to stay there, the formula has changed. In 2017, successful enterprises don’t rest on their laurels — they adapt to change daily, knowing their continued success is not guaranteed.This is the age of possibilities. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud connecting people, places and things worldwide, it is possible for even the smallest players to develop an embryo of an idea into a successful product/service through a reasonably direct course. However, this is not to say that for even the most change-oriented businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the path is necessarily a smooth one. On average, roughly half of new Canadian businesses dissipate before their fifth year of operation.SMEs are always looking to enhance productivity, improve customer service, and lower operational costs. For many of these enterprises, the answer can come in the form of an upgraded or refreshed data center infrastructure with a smart mix of advanced computing solutions and IT services.Through Ingram Micro’s Advanced Solutions Division (ASD), channel partners enjoy coverage in all the key market categories, including professional audio/video; physical security; unified communication and collaboration; data capture/point-of-sale; and IoT. This worldwide coverage involves:Certification and training – Top vendors, including IBM, Cisco, HP and Bell, with a world-class learning management system and a portfolio of more than 11,000 courses.Business Intelligence Center – appended data that provides 85 per cent end-user visibility, as well as a team of PhDs who analyze and use this data to empower sales, predict trends and generate loyalty, and enable targeting, intelligence-driven marketingSolutions centers – Over 26 state-of-the-art training and demo facilities around the world supporting the technical needs of partners selling data center infrastructure solutions through remote product demos, proof of concept, one-on-one briefings, and hands-on technical training sessions.Ingram Micro and its channel partners have an excellent opportunity to evolve this age of possibilities. By staying in front of a wave of rapidly changing technology, Ingram gives customers the tools to achieve success and the support and expertise to grow going forward. To this end, Ingram Micro forges new partnerships by providing enhanced services — in essence, Ingram is THE single source for channel partners looking to provide consolidated services.The Advanced Solutions Division enables partners to increase profitability by enhancing their technical competency and extending their geographic reach to the entire world. What makes the ASD program unique among similar programs is end-to-end lifecycle management — from Audit and Assessment, to Planning and Design, to Procurement and Logistics, to Installation and Deployment, to Management and Support, to IT Asset Disposition.ASD gives Ingram Micro partners all the tools they need to facilitate the continued success of customers at a time of near-constant technological innovation. With its vast global infrastructure and focus on cloud, IoT, mobility, supply chain, and technology solutions, Ingram Micro enables its partners to operate more efficiently and successfully in the markets they serve. Few, if any, companies deliver as broad a spectrum of technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world.Find out more about Ingram Micro Advanced Solutions by visiting the Ingram Micro website.