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Tech Data to invest $750 million in digital transformation initiatives

By Shannon Williams
Mon 6 Jul 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Tech Data has announced its plans to invest approximately $750 million in digital transformation initiatives over the next five years.

The investment will power Tech Data's strategy to accelerate innovation in ways that will deliver improved experiences and greater agility for businesses across the technology ecosystem.

The company's acquisition by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management is now complete. 

"Tech Data's acquisition by the Apollo funds is a significant milestone, and their support of our multi-year commitment of resources underscores our collective focus on long-term value creation," says Rich Hume, chief executive officer, Tech Data. 

"We continue to execute on our strategy to transform our company into one that defines a new standard of operational and cultural excellence in our industry," he says. 

"We believe Apollo will be an invaluable partner in helping us better enable our channel partners to bring to market the technology products and solutions the world needs to connect, grow and advance."

Tech Data;s digital transformation initiatives are focused on delivering state-of-the-art automation, platforms and analytics that will allow the company to be more agile and responsive to the rapidly evolving needs of its channel partners. 

The programme includes building a hyper-scalable digital business platform and a cloud-based digital marketplace that are designed to support Tech Data's ambitious growth plans and serve emerging technology markets and consumption models.

"Apollo sees Tech Data as a strong platform for meaningful growth and further diversification, and we are committed to supporting investments that build on this vision," says Robert Kalsow-Ramos, private equity partner at Apollo. 

"This investment over the next five years helps ensure the company has the resources necessary to launch a bold digital enablement and innovation program that will transform the way it serves channel partners and employees," he says.

In March, Tech Data, along with Ingram Micro, was appointed as distributor for Red Hat's Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) programme, in response to increased interest in managed, multi-hybrid cloud solutions in New Zealand and Australia.

Wendy O'Keeffe, country general manager, Tech Data Australia and New Zealand, said at the time, "Expanding Tech Data's relationship with Red Hat to include cloud solutions will enable our partners to take advantage of next-generation open source cloud services to deliver reliable and scalable solutions in response to enterprise interest across the cloud landscape. 

"In addition, we will be boosting our pre-sales resources specifically to support our partners with this transition."

It was also announced that month that the company would distribute Vertiv's power, cooling and IT infrastructure solutions and services in Australia.

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