Avnet announces IoT programme and marketplace
Avnet is launching a new IoT-specific partner programme designed to provide developers with a place to build complete IoT solutions.
Using Avnet's IoTConnect platform, powered by Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite, developers can connect devices that address both the software and hardware needs of IoT solutions.
Avnet will be adding a comprehensive marketplace in the coming months, which will allow a developer to write IoT applications to its platform and offer them for sale.
"IoT is complex, with unique hardware, software and security requirements at every stage of the development cycle," says Avnet business transformation president Pete Bartolotta.
"With our partner programme and the upcoming marketplace, we are putting proven IoT solutions in the hands of partners and systems integrators so they can scale their own businesses and accelerate the adoption of IoT."
The IoTConnect platform allows critical IoT devices, assets and systems to be connected securely, by leveraging pre-built and proven smart applications that are equipped with a suite of AI services for specific industry verticals.
The new partner programme enables system integrators (SIs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to build new solutions and service models for their practice on Avnet's IoTConnect platform.
It also allows them to enhance these solutions using Avnet's Smart Applications and access devices certified for use on the IoTConnect platform.
Partners can leverage proven applications in combination with Avnet's extensive ecosystem of experts to accelerate and scale their IoT solution development.
Partners using the platform can rely on Avnet's automated management of recurring solution billing and take advantage of easier proof-of-concept deployment via the platform's "Play Zone" feature, which enables members to test new technology solutions in a safe environment.
The new solutions developed in the partner programme will then be made available on Avnet's marketplace when it launches this autumn (southern hemisphere).
The marketplace will offer a curated catalogue of trusted IoTConnect platform certified devices and applications, across a range of verticals, for faster IoT development.
Through the marketplace, more developers can create new applications on Avnet's IoTConnect platform and SIs can offer end-to-end solutions and expand their reach.
"While other companies only enable themselves, Avnet's solutions truly enable its customers," says Capstone chief technology officer Jim Williamson.
"Other companies couldn't help us with anything but the IoT platform, but Avnet helped us with everything from time to market to compliance issues. They already had the right answers for all the areas that we don't specialise in, which helped us stay ahead of our competition and greatly expand our capabilities."