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Avnet Technology Solutions Launches New Business to Address the IT Needs of U.S. Public Sector Markets

Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today introduced Avnet Government Solutions, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary focused on the U.S. public sector. Avnet launched the new business to help independent software vendor (ISV), systems integrator (SI) and value-added reseller (VAR) partners capture IT market share with the U.S. government. Avnet Government Solutions will provide focus on the federal, state, local and education markets. Avnet Government Solutions provides a holistic approach to pursuing these market opportunities, combining business development, capture and compliance assistance with Avnet’s more than 90 years of technology distribution expertise.

Avnet Government Solutions will be led by Ray Ramey, a 30-year veteran of the IT industry who will serve as vice president and general manager of Avnet Government Solutions. Ramey is responsible for Avnet Government Solutions’ market growth and penetration, including business strategy and corporate governance. Prior to joining Avnet, he served as chief financial officer and facility security officer for Pepperweed Consulting, LLC (acquired by Avnet in 2012), supporting the company’s federal business. An IT enterprise management and integration provider, Pepperweed had more than 3,000 successful engagements with Fortune 500 clients and large-scale government agencies.

“The U.S. government is the world’s largest and most lucrative IT market, and the federal, state, local and education sectors are expected to spend more than $148 billion1 in IT-related purchases in 2014,” said Ramey. “While the marketplace has its rewards, it also requires a unique set of alliances and expertise to effectively compete and achieve meaningful returns. We created Avnet Government Solutions to provide our partners with a single source for all of the resources they need to succeed in pursuing government IT business. Avnet Government Solutions will help our partners profitably increase their government business by distinguishing them as industry specialists who understand the intricacies of the market and have the expertise needed to deliver the specific solutions government customers require.”

Avnet Government Solutions will offer services to partners specifically designed to provide a comprehensive approach to pursuing federal, state, local and education contracts, including:

  • Capture Assistance: Avnet Government Solutions has strong relationships with top public sector technology suppliers and helps partners develop and execute capture plans and initiatives for greater success. This includes working with partners to identify opportunities, develop capture strategies, build teams and assemble expertise to align with contract needs, supplement technical writing, assist in scoping and estimating projects, and provide the means to successfully engage with intelligence agencies through targeted business development activities. Additionally, Avnet Government Solutions holds a general services administration (GSA) schedule from which its partners can resell.
  • Compliance: Avnet Government Solutions will assist in guiding partners toward the necessary certifications that are needed to pursue and successfully capture government contracts. Additionally, Avnet Government Solutions will stay actively involved throughout the bidding and procurement process to ensure the development of competitive responses that work to avoid risk and improve chances for success.
  • Process Management: Avnet Government Solutions will also provide partners with the IT distribution services that Avnet is globally renowned for, such as those related to logistics, finance, supply chain and technical capabilities. These services will help partners deliver solutions on time and on budget to their government customers.

Partners will be able to access additional resources to help further accelerate their capabilities in the government market. For example, they will be able to participate in Avnet GovPath®, which provides education and enablement to hone their expertise on the U.S. government market using Avnet’s SolutionsPath® methodology. Partners can also access other SolutionsPath practices, including those focused on the healthcare and financial markets, to expand their expertise in key vertical market opportunities within the public sector.

Additionally, partners can leverage Avnet Services to create more complete responses to contract vehicles and increase the types of government contracts they are able to pursue. Avnet Services has a dedicated team of specialists who can help partners expand their capabilities related to business solutions, IT solutions, lifecycle solutions and technical education services. Avnet Services’ offerings include cloud services; data mining and analytics; end-of-life and recycling options; field installation and maintenance; industry certifications; integration and automation; mobility solutions; portals and collaboration; vendor-accredited training; break/fix services; and hardware and software maintenance.

“As a veteran firm that provides enterprise IT architecture for federal agencies and the U.S. military, Swish Data wants to strategically expand the types of contracts we pursue,” said Bob Kerr, owner, Swish Data, a group of data performance architects for the federal marketplace and an Avnet partner. “Avnet Government Solutions gives us the right set of resources, supplier relationships and capabilities to take our government business to a new level, faster and with less investment and risk. We’ve been impressed with the conversations that we’ve had with the highly experienced Avnet Government Solutions team. Their holistic approach will help us successfully navigate the government market, especially opportunities with Homeland Security and intelligence agencies.”

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Avnet Government Solutions at XChange Public Sector 2014

Avnet Government Solutions officially launches at The Channel Company’s XChange Public Sector 2014 held May 20-21, 2014, in Alexandria, Va. Avnet Government Solutions’ Vice President and General Manager Ray Ramey will participate in the Public Sector IT Lightning Round, where partners can learn more about this new business. It will be held on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:15 p.m. ET in the Plaza Ballroom East of the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. Avnet Government Solutions is a Silver Sponsor of XChange Public Sector 2014.

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“The IT systems of the U.S. Federal government are mission-critical for every single citizen and warfighter. Brocade wants to grow our partner community in this market to help agencies and institutions address key issues such as the need for IT modernization and data security,” said Anthony Robbins, vice president of federal for Brocade. “Avnet Government Solutions will help us expand in the federal market through its comprehensive approach that assists partners through each stage of the contract process, from identifying opportunities to delivering solutions and services.”

“Finding the right companies to align and partner with is one of the secrets to success in the federal government market,” said Wes Hester, president and CEO, Foxhole Technology, a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and an Avnet partner. “Avnet Government Solutions has proven to be a great distribution partner for Foxhole Technology and, in turn, helped to accelerate our growth. With Avnet Government Solutions, we’ve been able to expand the technology manufacturers we support and offer total, end-to-end IT solutions to our customers.”

“Avnet Government Solutions has demonstrated a deep level of understanding of our technology, the public sector partner community and the nuances of working with the federal government,” said Mike Tanner, president and CEO, Hitachi Data Systems Federal Corporation. “This level of commitment has led HDS Federal to select Avnet Government Solutions as our single distribution partner for the federal marketplace. We are confident that this relationship will position HDS Federal to more effectively meet the critical virtualization, cloud, big data and consolidation challenges and needs of our federal customers.”

“System integrators play an important role in the IT partner ecosystem for the U.S. federal government,” said Liz Vogel, senior director of global aerospace and government alliance sales, HP. “Avnet Government Solutions will help HP engage the system integrator community by building a go-to-market team and providing system integrators with the resources they need most to close large government contracts.”

“Storage is the number-one line item on most federal agencies’ IT budgets, and they are looking for partners that understand how to build efficient storage foundations,” said David Drahozal, senior director of channel sales, U.S. public sector, NetApp. “NetApp and Avnet Government Solutions are joining forces to give our partners the ability to help agencies reduce the costs of storing and managing data, while working with government customers to provide the technology and services needed to get the information to the right people at the right time.”

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About Avnet Technology Solutions

As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers locally and around the world. The group serves customers and suppliers in North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $10.36 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2013. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013, Avnet generated revenue of $25.5 billion. For more information, visit

1 Sources: (a) Federal IT Dashboard; (b) Deltek, Inc. State and Local Industry Analysis; (c) Center for Digital Education

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