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Tech Data | Ping Identity Customer Success Story
SSO delivers fast and secure authentication for the company’s customers.
Simplified management allows for improved business agility.
High-volume scalability supports accelerated growth of e-commerce.
Open standards allow integration with all partners.
As one of the world’s largest distributors of IT products and services, Tech Data provides extensive product lines, logistics capabilities, and value-added services to more than 105,000 resellers who deploy IT solutions.
The e-commerce giant offers a self-service portal for its partners, who use the portal to perform a vital range of tasks like checking inventory and viewing credit line statuses. Tech Data wanted to deliver a frictionless experience for customers and vendor partners. But to do so, it needed to replace an antiquated system that no longer supported the complex needs of the business.
Tech Data faced numerous challenges. It needed a secure system that gives a complete and consolidated view of each user so that it wouldn't become the next target for breach. A cumbersome legacy system required redundant sign-on attempts. The company needed to integrate with third-party vendors while supporting open standards. And, limited scalability inhibited customer preference and profile management options.
After Toth researched solutions to overhaul the portal, the Ping Identity Platform was the obvious choice. Federated single sign-on (SSO) allows Tech Data’s third-party vendors to easily manage and authenticate its end-users in a highly secure way.
With PingDirectory, Tech Data is also able to store relationship information that spans multiple business partnerships with its users. “The Ping team came in and spoke to us at great length about the capabilities,” Toth said. “We stood up an internal POC inside Tech Data. They came in and did a streamlined version of what we were trying to do in under two weeks, which no other supplier was willing to do.”
Because Tech Data is a multi-national company with business and IT stakeholders worldwide, Toth needed to pitch the Ping Identity Platform as a global solution. He got alignment across the European and U.S. e-commerce folks, the global IT security team, and the CIO. From there, Toth said, the decision was easy.
Ping is our enabler and the most significant piece of our ability to federate with our partners. We’ve tried many different solutions over the years and Ping just works.
Global e-Business Architect
With the Ping Identity Platform in place, Tech Data’s customers experience a self-service portal that quickly gets them where they need to go. Users have seamless access to Tech Data’s third-party services via SSO, and their sensitive data is securely stored and managed. The platform adds a highly scalable user directory for customer preference and profile management. And, the portal is easy to administer; open standards mean that it can be integrated with all of Tech Data’s partners.
More About Tech Data
Tech Data Corporation is one of the world's largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services, and solutions. Its advanced logistics capabilities and value-added services enable 115,000 resellers to efficiently and cost-effectively support the diverse technology needs of end-users in more than 100 countries.