New channel services provided through acquisition of Ascendant Technology
"Avnet acquired Ascendant Technology for their advanced capabilities and
expertise in delivering IBM software implementation services that are
well positioned to help our partners profitably grow their businesses,"
"These additional services offerings from Avnet fit well with our
solutions strategy, allowing us to focus on our core customer value and
still broaden our offerings," stated
Healthcare Provider Portal
Healthcare providers are faced with competing demands ranging from meeting regulatory mandates such as Meaningful Use and ICD-10 to significantly improving patient engagement, online self-service capabilities and access to care. They must meet these demands while facing intense competition in the marketplace and attempting to reduce operating expenses and increase revenue. To do all of this effectively, healthcare providers look to their channel partners for solutions that provide easy access to a diverse set of systems that connect patients, families and caregivers throughout the continuum of care in a single environment accessible via the Web, mobile devices and tablet devices.
Built on open standards-based IBM software solutions, Avnet's Healthcare Provider Portal allows providers to serve all of a constituent's varying, yet integrated needs through a single interface that delivers a highly personalized experience on an integrated platform. This solution is complementary to traditional Healthcare Information Management Systems.
Avnet's IBM partners can leverage this new Healthcare Provider Portal offering to engage in discussions with line-of-business decision makers to identify business goals and priorities that result in greater demand for supporting infrastructure and software. Partners can provide a two- to four-week assessment to help customers identify short-term and long-term opportunities for improvement based on business priorities, return on investment targets, and leading technical design and usability practices.
Middleware Infrastructure Automation
End users running robust, high-volume websites based on IBM software need ongoing management and maintenance support for these complex, constantly evolving systems. With Avnet's new Middleware Infrastructure Automation service, partners have a customizable framework that delivers centralized automation of installation and patching, configuration management, and application deployments on heterogeneous middleware platforms for their customers. Partners can work directly with their customers' IT teams to deploy this service. In addition, reduced administration costs mean partners can also help customers efficiently expand their infrastructure investments with new hardware and software to support growing systems.
Through this automation of the product installation, configuration and application deployment, partners help end users reduce their cost of administration and turn time-consuming, error-prone manual tasks into repeatable, automated processes.
Social Business in the Cloud
Social business and collaboration are typically line-of-business initiatives. Companies want to ease into the social network without having to deal with IT hurdles and bottlenecks. Through Avnet, channel partners can now offer IBM Collaboration and Social components via the Cloud so they can help line-of-business decision makers get started quickly without waiting on their internal IT staff to research and implement social media applications. Customers can start with a small, cloud-based pilot and scale up to a large production environment, or bring the social software on-premise once the pilot is complete. A full IBM Connections environment with features such as blogs, profiles, wikis and communities can be up and running in a matter of days, rather than weeks or months. Cloud offerings can be augmented with social/collaboration design and adoption consulting to drive success for customers.
For more information about any of these three new services offerings, email Avnet at IBMSWC@avnet.com. Avnet partners may also visit www.AvnetAdvantage.com/IBM.
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