Simmons & Simmons hosts Avnet’s first FinancialPath University event in London

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Avnet Technology Solutions, the global IT solutions distributor and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., has announced that its UK FinancialPath University is to be hosted by international law firm Simmons & Simmons at its offices in London on 25 February 2014. This is the first time that Avnet UK has held an event at the premises of an industry sector specialist  to help educate business partners on the challenges of delivering IT solutions to a specific industry market. Delegates will learn how to become a trusted advisor to financial services organisations by exploring the legal and regulatory issues that impact IT decision-making in the finance sector.

Frank Bennett, SolutionsPath lead, Avnet Technology Solutions, UK explained, "Accounting for over 10% of UK GDP the financial services industry represents a huge opportunity for our business partners. It is a highly complex industry with data security, customer service glitches and compliance issues making the news headlines almost daily. Avnet's FinancialPath™ practice is designed to give our partners the tools and knowledge they need to capitalise on this very lucrative market with complete confidence."

Highlights include the latest research from IDC on the drivers of IT spend and the priorities for deployment of IT in the sector as well as a perceptive and real-world insight from a senior finance industry Chief Information Officer. Speakers from many of the world's largest suppliers will cover the key technology areas affecting the industry, including mobility, security, big data, open source software plus how software is defining the architecture for datacenters and networking.

Following on from the University delegates will be invited to join a series of webinars to keep up-to-date with the fast-moving finance sector and enhance their expertise to better serve financial services customers. All partners attending the University can take advantage of Avnet's sales accelerator lead generation campaign as well as a "campaign in a box" to generate end-user opportunities via their own marketing programmes.

Frank Bennett concluded, "We are exploring a new approach to our SolutionsPath University programme by combining perspectives from different parties who serve the financial services industry. Instead of leading with technology we are educating our business partners to address the issues that are front of mind for customers. We chose to partner with Simmons & Simmons on this event as their sector focus covers telecoms, media and technology (TMT) and finance. They are therefore well placed to advise IT companies on the legal and regulatory implications of dealing with financial institutions.  "

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