Tech Data U.S. Expands Online Education Offerings for IT Resellers

July 24, 2002

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 24, 2002) – Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS: TECD), a leading worldwide provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services, has made Cisco certification courses available online to its reseller customers through an agreement with Logilent Learning Systems Inc, an e-learning service provider specializing in live training via the Internet. Resellers can now leverage Logilent’s hands-on tools to combine instructor-led training with remote lab solutions, resulting in a more robust customer learning experience.

Using Logilent’s e-learning tools, resellers can rapidly develop IT skills via the Internet:

Logilent LiveLabs enable users to rapidly gain practical experience on real networking devices via a Web browser. Logilent lab technology provides resellers optimized scalability for high lab capacity as a result of dynamic equipment allocation. Each lab participant gets anytime access to real devices via an intuitive user interface, robust lab guides, lab notes and 24/7 technical mentoring.

Logilent IT Courses provide users with customized lesson plans that build upon existing IT skills. Pre- and post-assessment tests, and a variety of lesson plans that optimize the training process.

IT e-learning is an $800 million market with projected growth to $3.5 billion by 2003, according to IDC. Terry Bazzone, vice president and general manager of Tech Data Enterprise, believes the distributor’s agreement with Logilent is an example of this tremendous market growth. “Solution providers are taking advantage of cost-effective e-learning training initiatives that include live hands-on exercises to increase their knowledge of high-end networking and security technologies from vendors like Cisco Systems,” noted Bazzone. “E-learning’s anytime, anywhere benefits augment standard classroom training, allowing resellers to access a variety of courseware designed to meet specific needs.”

Tech Data Education

Tech Data’s customer education and certification training provides a full spectrum of vendor-authorized training and certification classes, sales and business development courses, seminars, and specialized training on strategic technologies. Formats include in-class instruction utilizing 10 dedicated training centers throughout the U.S. as well as the convenience of self-study, book, computer, and video-based training programs. Additionally, there are more than 120 convenient partnership locations with instructors cross-trained and experienced in multiple platforms and operating systems.

About Logilent

Logilent Learning Systems, Inc. is a leading IT training provider specializing in live hands-on access on network devices via the Internet. Through the company’s patent-pending technology, enterprises and learning organizations worldwide use Logilent LiveLabs to build real-world IT skills on today’s most complex network environments. Since 1994, Logilent has delivered over 250,000 LiveLabs to industry professionals in over 67 countries around the world. Visit Logilent today at

About Tech Data

Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS: TECD), founded in 1974, is a leading worldwide provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services. Ranked 117th on the Fortune 500, the company and its subsidiaries serve more than 100,000 technology resellers in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Tech Data’s extensive service offering includes pre- and post-sale training and technical support, financing options and configuration services as well as a full range of award-winning electronic commerce solutions. The company generated sales of $17.2 billion for its most recent fiscal year, which ended January 31, 2002.



John R. Sternal/Tech Data Corporation

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