Ingram Micro Debuts Preferred App Dev Network

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By Edward Gately

Tech distribution giant Ingram Micro has unveiled a new professional service designed to increase a partner’s value and margins through custom application development.

Preferred App Dev Network allows Ingram Micro’s channel partners to tap into a seamless services network supported by its professional services and Ingram Micro Link. It aims to eliminate the need for partners to invest time, money and expertise in integrating disparate technology services.

Preferred App Dev Network is now available to channel partners in the United States and Canada.

“Designed to complement, not compete with our channel partners, the Ingram Micro Preferred App Dev Network offers IT service providers access to an expanded portfolio of life-cycle services and engineering talent that will help them provide greater value to their customers while at the same time increasing business productivity and improving the bottom line,” said Greg Richey, Ingram Micro’s director of professional and training services.

Ingram says the new service allows channel partners to expand their portfolios, generate new revenue streams, and more easily identify and develop applications that will help businesses integrate the latest technology.

Additional benefits include access to network providers enrolled as Ingram Micro Link Preferred Service providers; the ability to explore new verticals through qualified application development services not currently part of the company portfolio; and simplified invoicing by using established payment terms with Ingram Micro.

According to Ingram Micro, industry analysts forecast the global custom application development services market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of a little more than 5 percent between 2013 and 2018. Additionally, analysts predict the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) market will grow at a CAGR of almost 26 percent between 2014 and 2020.

The total global mobile applications market is projected to be worth $25 billion by 2015.

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