Arrow Electronics is now an IBM Global Training Provider for IBM`s Software Group and Systems and Technology Group.

During the selection process, Arrow demonstrated the required qualifications based on excellence in marketing, selling, IT training capabilities and the ability to cover IBM Training on a global basis. In the next 12 months, Arrow ECS Education will implement its IBM Global Training programme in up to 130 countries. The programme will be available in 10 countries to start, and will be offered in more than 50 additional countries by the end of 2013, and to the remaining countries by Summer 2014.

Arrow has been an IBM distributor since 1989, and its IT training group, Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions Education is one of the largest IBM Training providers. As such, Arrow has been working closely with IBM to successfully test elements of the new model in the UK, Ireland and the Nordic region.

“As a value-added distributor and one of the leading IT training providers, we are excited and honoured that IBM will leverage our IT training expertise and excellence as part of IBM’s Global Training program,” said Laurent Sadoun, president of Arrow ECS in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and head of Arrow`s worldwide services for the ECS segment. “This initiative that we have tested with IBM in Europe provided a great opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities to deliver high-quality IT skills trainings. We will now support IBM`s new partner-led model through innovative training solutions and a global team of training experts to help increase IBM education and adoption of the IBM software and systems portfolio in the global marketplace. It will also deliver to our partners an outstanding degree of visibility on their customer projects, bringing many cross-selling and upselling opportunities.”

“Arrow demonstrated its capabilities to roll out IBM Training consistently across the globe as one of our IBM Global Training Providers,” said Bob McDonald, vice president, IBM Training. “With our long history of successful collaboration, we look forward to teaming with Arrow to help business and technology leaders reduce the IT skills gap through greater access to skill building resources for advanced solutions such as mobile, cloud, analytics and social business.”

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