Guest blog: Avnet’s Updated Global Contract Lifecycle Management System

Avnet's iContract contract lifecycle management application

In 2012, I devoted a blog post to our global contract lifecycle management tool, iContract, which we believe was among the first applications of its kind at the time.

Since then much has changed, and the application needed to change with it. So I’ve asked Susan Engle, vice president of Avnet’s Project Management Office, to share how we recently improved iContract to better meet the needs of our global user base in today’s business environment.

In early 2014, we began receiving feedback... View Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Four Ways to Secure the Internet of Things

Internet of Things Security

As the Internet of Things continues to gain momentum in business and consumer circles alike, the potential security holes these devices can create are multiplying as well.

Physical threats like a Jeep Cherokee being hacked while driving and a mobile app-aided rifle that can be controlled remotely make the headlines, but the primary threat IoT device users face can have significant consequences as well: the theft of sensitive data and personal information.

Here are four things every consumer can and should do to reduce the risk... View Article

Converged infrastructure: the answer to today’s data center challenges?


In recent blog posts, I’ve discussed a few of the challenges facing today’s data centers, including the growth of data and data analytics, the rise of cloud computing and the growing importance of IT across all aspects of the enterprise.

While software-defined architectures show a lot of potential to address the flexibility, agility and cost pressures on IT operations, widespread adoption is likely several years away, particularly for established data centers with significant legacy investments.

So... View Article

Six Keys to a Successful ERP Implementation

Six keys to ERP success

Integrating a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform is a high-stakes, high-profile project for any organization, requiring a significant investment in capital, planning and people.

As a global leader in the technology supply chain, Avnet has executed a number of ERP implementations and migrations over the years.

Mining that collective experience, I’ve captured what I believe are six keys to a successful ERP implementation that apply to any organization considering—or in the middle of—an ERP integration of their own.

1) An ERP implementation is... View Article

VIDEO: Software-defined Data Centers Explained

SDDC video screencap

Industry analysts at IDC predicted that the market for software-defined networking—a critical element of the software-defined data center—would grow from nearly $1 billion in 2014 to $8 billion in 2018.   

That’s a lot of traction in the marketplace, but what market forces are driving it? What is a software-defined data center, and how is it different—and potentially better—than today’s virtualized... View Article