Avnet Awarded Tandberg Accredited Service Partner Status for the UK

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Distributor Avnet Technology Solutions is now the first Channel Development Partner (CDP) to become a fully-accredited Tandberg Service Partner (ASP) in the U.K., having been appointed following a rigorous audit of its service delivery capabilities. Avnet Technology Solutions is the largest Tandberg CDP in EMEA, and ASP accreditation now certifies Avnet to deliver the highest levels of service through its business partner community.

In order to be awarded ASP status, an organisation is assessed and audited by Tandberg in areas such as its ability to provide services support; its processes, procedures and quality of service delivery; and its Technical Assistance Centre (TAC). Avnet is also able to support its partners with extensive lab and testing facilities to provide integration with third-party solutions, such as voice technologies and messaging.

Dave Parkes, Tandberg EMEA Customer Services Director, said, “Avnet has worked hard over the past months to meet the high standards required by Tandberg to become an ASP and achieve full accreditation status. Having a CDP delivering services to the highest possible (ASP) certification level adds considerable value for all of Avnet’s partners and further supports their commitment to develop the video market with Tandberg as a key part of their Unified Communications proposition.”

Tandberg is a critical component of Avnet Technology Solutions’ Unified Communications solutions practice. The practice leverages Avnet’s integration skills, expertise, experience and key technology vendor relationships to assist business partners with defining, building and implementing truly Unified Communications solutions. Avnet employs a modular approach, working with leading, standards-based technologies to ensure that business partners’ existing investments and vendor relationships can be enhanced by the addition of complementary products to make their UC proposition compelling.

Joel Chimoindes, Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, Unified Communications Director, said, “Accreditation from Tandberg gives Avnet Technology Solutions the ability not only to support our partners with the provision of visual communications equipment, but also to provide a host of white label support services to enable those partners who do not currently have a full range of service facilities available within their existing business. We are now able to provide installation services, maintenance services and service renewal programmes on behalf of our partners who continue to trust Avnet, safe in the knowledge that we’re here to support them in a sell through model only. Being awarded ASP status is a fantastic achievement for Avnet and a great recognition of our ability to complement and support our channel partners’ services businesses. Currently the accreditation is UK-based, but we are looking to roll out these facilities across our other EMEA territories in the near future.”