First Distribution publishes its very own magazine, dedicated to all things to do with the distributor and its place within the channel.
The latest issue highlights some of the women at First Distribution, who play such an important part in helping to make First Distribution the success that it is. There is also news on the distributor’s latest vendor signing, Tintri, as well as the launch of the FD Academy.
The issue is available at your local First Distribution office, or ask your First Distribution account manager for a copy.
Alternatively the magazine can be viewed online here.
Resource to Offer Training and Skills Development to IT Channel Community
First Distribution is proud to announce the launch of their FD Academy to the South African and African IT channel community.
In partnership with Ingram Micro, the Academy will offer a wide variety of training and skills development to its channel partners, and comes as the result of First Distribution looking for and finding new ways to bring value to its customers.
First Distribution and Ingram Micro’s partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies like IBM, Oracle, VMware and HP to name but a few, has enabled the FD Academy to provide education and training focused on skills development and certification enablement.
IT knowledge is essential to achieving professional success today, and it is becoming ever more crucial for companies and individuals to not only develop, but to maintain up-to-date skill sets with a trusted partner like Ingram Micro Training.
In a recent IBM Smarter Workforce study, IBM looked at best performing companies and worst performing companies to see if skills had a part to play in performance. It found that 84% of employees in ‘Best Performing Organisations’ are receiving the training they need, a full 68% more than the worst performing companies.
FD Academy Manager Maryka Absil commented that: “First Distribution has long been looking at new and exciting ways to incorporate certification, training and skills development into our distribution model, to add even more value to our customers by leveraging our longstanding relationships with leading global IT vendors and training partners. The partnership with Ingram Micro allows us to do exactly this. It’s simple and within reach of all our business partners.”
A vast portfolio of content and delivery options is offered through Ingram Micro. From classic instructor-led live and virtual training to on-demand and cloud-based training, there is a programme to meet every learner’s style and schedule.
An example of such is Flexible Integrated Training (FIT) which consists of multiple learning components designed to either stand alone or to integrate with others. They include On-Demand Modules, a series of video learning libraries consisting of short 20-minute segments which can be viewed anywhere and at any time.
Another is FIT L.I.V.E. (Learning Immersion in a Virtual Environment), a virtual world where a user’s avatar will engage with an instructor, peers, interactive gaming, and a wide variety of elements to keep the learner attentive and engaged.
The FD Academy in conjunction with Ingram Micro intends to be a partnership which transforms the way technology training is developed, delivered and consumed.
For more information or to request a quote, please contact FD Academy manager Maryka Absil on (011) 540 2640 or 082 770 3210.
Alternatively requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Conceptualised and initiated in 2014, the First Distribution Academy currently serves the distributor mainly on an internal level, but exciting plans are in development to push the concept further into the partner and vendor community in 2015.
Focused on company induction, systems training, soft-skills development, industry orientation and vendor initiation, the FD Academy as it is known, has conducted over 100 internal such sessions to more than 280 attendees, training on average 40 employees per month.
In addition, other customised modules have been held:
– Over 25 engagements with vendors covering strategic planning, unique plans to close the gaps evident in the channel, marketing plans, etc
– Planning sessions with First Distribution’s channel partners
– A mentorship programme with 8 internal staff working together with each of their vendors
The FD Academy will launch to First Distribution’s partner & vendor community in February / March 2015.
It will offer further services to partners, including strategic planning & go-to-market tactics, in keeping with First Distribution’s ethos of ‘Helping our Customers to Help their Customers‘.
The Academy will also continue to drive relevant, useful skills to FD staff, as well as to its channel partners, and is in a position to on-board, develop and train all business partners.