Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distribution leader and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced today that it was selected as the HP Software Partner of the Year in the distribution category. This honor celebrates Avnet’s overall performance in North American HP software license sales through its solution provider community in 2012. As one of HP’s largest enterprise distributors, Avnet worked closely with its HP solution providers to enable them to solve their customers’ business challenges with complete solutions designed for high-growth market opportunities, such as those related to big data, cloud computing and services. “Avnet accelerates the success of our HP solution providers by developing unique programs, tools and resources that help them capitalize on software market opportunities,” said Chris Swahn, vice president and general manager, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas, HP Solutions group. “By providing our HP solution provider community with complete solutions featuring software, services and hardware, they have been able to distinguish themselves as trusted advisors with their customers. We appreciate the strong partnership we have with HP, and I commend my team and our solution providers for their expertise and ability to solve customers’ business challenges with solutions based on HP software.” Avnet has a number of unique resources designed to help HP solution providers increase their software sales and further hone their expertise in this market. For example, Avnet developed Avnet Practice+ for Analytics™, which equips HP solution providers with a complete set of enablement and go-to-market capabilities coupled with channel-friendly services. With these comprehensive resources, HP solution providers can architect, implement and manage big data-driven IT initiatives based on HP Vertica and HP Converged Infrastructure Platforms. Additionally, Avnet introduced its first big data and analytics solution available through this practice at HP Discover 2013, and this solution includes an integrated, packaged offering of software, services and hardware designed to help solution providers rapidly generate results for their customers’ big data initiatives. Follow Avnet Technology Solutions, North America, on Twitter: @AvnetAdvantage and @AvnetTSChannels. Click to tweet: Avnet Technology Solutions has been selected as the #HP #Software Partner of the Year in distribution www.ats.avnet.com/ts-hpAll brands and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks, and are the properties of their respective owners. Avnet disclaims any proprietary interest in marks other than its own.About Avnet Technology Solutions As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers locally and around the world. The group serves customers and suppliers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa. It generated US $10.8 billion in annual revenue for fiscal year 2012. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc. For more information, visit www.avnet.com. About Avnet Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.