SOMERSET, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SHI International Corp., one of North America’s top 15 largest IT solutions providers, ended 2016 with $7.56 billion in revenue, a 12 percent year-over-year increase. Domestically, all SHI sales divisions experienced significant growth, led by a 16 percent gain for the Corporate and SMB division, 13 percent for Public Sector, and 8 percent in the Commercial and Strategic Enterprise space. Strong growth outside the U.S. continued, led by a 22 percent increase in the United Kingdom division.
SHI achieved many milestones in 2016, surpassing the $7 billion revenue mark and topping 3,500 employees, each for the first time. The company earned 10 major awards recognizing SHI’s culture, successful partnerships, service, and success, including seven partner of the year awards,as well as top employer honors from both Forbes (America's Best Employers 2016) and the Austin American-Statesman (Top Workplaces 2016).
SHI also celebrated the opening and first full year of operation for its new Integration Center, which doubled its warehousing and hardware configuration capacity. In December, SHI also soft-launched its Customer Innovation Center (CIC), a “sandbox” data center on the main SHI campus in Somerset. The center will let customers review newly released technology and test hardware, software, and data center solutions from any partner in a simulated, secure environment. A formal grand opening of the CIC is planned for later this quarter.
“SHI’s growth has always hinged on forging new partnerships, reinforcing established ones, and reinvesting in resources and technologies that better serve our customers’ needs,” said Thai Lee, President and CEO of SHI International Corp. “Adapting to our customers’ evolving IT requirements has always been a cornerstone of SHI’s success, fueling our growth in 2016 and beyond. Later this quarter, we will officially open our Customer Innovation Center to allow customers an immersive, hands-on experience in selecting the cutting-edge technology that is best for their unique environments. These types of enhancements show that even as we expand, we remain committed to staying nimble, responsive, and dedicated to the individual needs of both our customers and our employees, reaffirming our place as an industry leader, and making us one of the best IT solutions providers to work with—and for—year after year.”
Four of SHI’s top 10 partnerships saw double digit growth in 2016, including a 24 percent jump in Cisco revenue and 13 percent from its largest and most mature partner, Microsoft. SHI remained Microsoft’s largest North American and global channel partner. VMware, Adobe, Dell, HP Inc., Lenovo, Apple, HP Enterprise, and Oracle rounded out SHI’s top 10 partners in 2016.
Among the most significant partner growth was the 242 percent year-over-year jump from Amazon and its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. Combining continued exponential growth with an enhanced AWS services offering coming in Q2 2017, SHI expects Amazon to become a top 10 partner in 2017.
Other emerging partners across the software, cloud, security, and data sectors include top 25 partners Tableau Software, with 32 percent growth; CommVault, with 32 percent growth; Red Hat, with 58 percent growth; Nutanix, with 85 percent growth; and Pure Storage, with 111 percent growth.
Many of these partnerships elicited awards and accolades in 2016, highlighting SHI’s adaptability, reliability, and strength. These honors include:
- The Cohesity National Partner of the Year 2016
- The MES XCellence 2016 award for Best Solution Provider
- The CRN Tech Elite 250
- Forbes America’s Largest Private Companies 2016
- The Intel Security Partner of the Year—United States
- SHI’s 12th consecutive Microsoft Operational Excellence Award
- The VMware Mobility Partner of the Year Award
- 13th overall on CRN Solution Provider 500
Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $7.5 billion+ global provider of technology products and services. Driven by the industry's most experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT services professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate, Enterprise, Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 3,500 employees worldwide, SHI is the largest Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the U.S. and is ranked 15th among CRN's Solution Provider 500 list of North American IT solution providers. For more information, visit http://www.SHI.com.