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DLT Solutions Launches Cloud Navigator Website With Online Assessment for Partners

DLT Solutions | October 01, 2021

DLT Solutions, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data Corporation, and part of the TD SYNNEX™ family, announced today that it has launched CloudNavigator.com, a new resource to help information technology (IT) solution providers grow their United States (U.S.) public-sector cloud business.

CloudNavigator.com is another entry point for solution providers to engage with DLT and its Cloud Navigator Program. The website includes a brief online assessment which gives solution providers actionable insights into their cloud readiness and next steps to take to enhance their cloud offerings and services.

"Finding the right path to cloud solutions in the U.S. public sector is complex and multifaceted. CloudNavigator.com offers an easy online assessment tool, which is powered by DLT's more than 30 years of experience in the U.S. public sector, to help solution providers get actionable information and a step-by-step plan to accelerate their cloud business."

Chris Wilkinson, president, DLT Solutions

DLT's Cloud Navigator Program helps solution providers expand their market reach and makes it easier for their U.S. public-sector customers to migrate to the cloud. Once a solution provider takes the assessment on CloudNavigator.com, and receives their results, they can take advantage of the Cloud Navigator Program and gain access to support for their U.S. government customers.

"Cloud technology in the U.S. public sector is evolving rapidly and continues to drive digital transformation efforts across U.S. government organizations. DLT's Cloud Navigator Program and its new assessment tool at CloudNavigator.com allows small to large solution providers to enhance and grow their U.S. public-sector cloud business at any stage, while providing their U.S. government customers with the benefits and services they need to reduce costs, improve service delivery and increase productivity across their entire organization."

Andre Van der Post, vice president of next-gen solutions sales, DLT Solutions

About DLT Solutions
DLT Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tech Data and part of the TD SYNNEX family. DLT is the premier government solutions aggregator that specializes in understanding the IT needs of the U.S. federal, state, local and education markets. We help simplify the process for independent software vendors, federal systems integrators and value-added resellers doing business in the U.S. public sector. TD SYNNEX is a leading global distributor and solutions aggregator for the IT ecosystem. We're an innovative partner helping more than 150,000 customers in 100+ countries to maximize the value of technology investments, demonstrate business outcomes and unlock growth opportunities. Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and Fremont, California, TD SYNNEX' 22,000 co-workers are dedicated to uniting compelling IT products, services and solutions from 1,500+ best-in-class technology vendors. Our edge-to-cloud portfolio is anchored in some of the highest-growth technology segments including cloud, cybersecurity, big data/analytics, IoT, mobility and everything as a service. TD SYNNEX is committed to serving customers and communities, and we believe we can have a positive impact on our people and our planet, intentionally acting as a respected corporate citizen. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive employer of choice for talent across the IT ecosystem.

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