Tech Data receives Microsoft Distribution Partner of the Year Award for second straight year

June 22, 2015

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq:TECD) today announced that Tech Data Europe has won the 2015 Microsoft Distribution Partner of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“We are delighted and proud to be the first distributor to win Microsoft’s Distribution Partner of the Year Award for two consecutive years,” said Michael Urban, senior vice president, Broadline, CE, Services & Procurement, Tech Data Europe. “This award is a tribute to the strong alignment between the Microsoft and Tech Data teams across Europe and the quality of our joint execution. Our mantra with Microsoft is ‘stronger together’ and I would like to thank the Microsoft and Tech Data teams across Europe, who have helped us make ‘Mobile First, Cloud First’ a reality of our daily deliverable to our customers.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognise Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,300 entrants from 108 different countries worldwide.

“Microsoft’s success as a company is dependent upon our ecosystem of great partners, and Tech Data Europe is a shining example of the kind of innovation our partners continue to drive year after year,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Corp. “We are pleased to recognize Tech Data Europe for being selected as winner of the 2015 Microsoft Distribution Partner of the Year award and for demonstrating excellence in providing value to our mutual customers.”

The Distribution Partner of the Year award highlights Tech Data Europe’s innovation, sales leadership, and excellence in execution in activating and enabling resellers to sell and provide a high level of customer satisfaction. Specifically, Tech Data demonstrated leadership in digital distribution by opening new markets such as telecommunications and non-traditional retail channels, investing in Microsoft workload and solution businesses. In the process, Tech Data earned multiple Distribution Solution Accelerator certifications across European sales operations, resulting in the best practices of the Windows Server EOL initiative, which are leveraged across the world. The award also acknowledges Tech Data’s accomplishments in cloud services, as demonstrated by the evolution of its reseller base and strong cloud sales growth.

“Over the past year, Microsoft accelerated its innovative production line to deliver new best-in-breed Mobile and Cloud products—ranging from Surface to Lumia to Azure,” Urban continued. “In turn, we at Tech Data responded by increasing our investments across all segments. We especially worked hard to lead the market transformation to cloud and digital distribution. We look forward to continuing to develop innovative new ways to sell cloud solutions under the Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) program, leveraging our highly-skilled dedicated Microsoft specialists and our unrivalled experience in enabling resellers to develop their businesses.”

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Tech Data Corporation is one of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value added services enable 115,000 resellers to efficiently and cost effectively support the diverse technology needs of end users in more than 100 countries. Tech Data generated $27.7 billion in net sales for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2015. It is ranked No. 107 on the Fortune 500® and one of Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies.”  To learn more, visit or follow on Facebook  and Twitter.

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