It’s been another fascinating year in the IT channel, and one characterised to a large extent by stability and reseller optimism. Distribution revenue was up 5.7% year-on-year in the nine months to 30th September, 2018, and the number of resellers partnered with distributors on the CONTEXT panel changed little from last year, with an increase in average spend per reseller. What’s more, in our ChannelWatch survey we recorded only four countries less positive about the next 12 months than when the survey was performed a year ago.
So, what can we expect of the year ahead? We asked our expert market watchers in three key categories. Continue reading
As part of a series of Prediction blogs for 2018, we interviewed Tim Curran, CEO of the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) on his views of what this year might bring for the channel.
The pace of technology industry change continues to accelerate – and with it comes unprecedented opportunity as well as significant potential for disconnects and dislocation. Continue reading
CONTEXT recently interviewed Sam Routledge, CTO of Softcat plc and Abdel Bennour, Sales Director of Ingram Micro in France on their Channel Predictions for 2018
Sam Routledge, Softcat
Hybrid Cloud becomes Reality
I’d say that the year ahead is the time that hybrid cloud becomes a reality. Most cloud deployments have been new applications and services, or backup/ DR for on premise workloads. With Microsoft releasing Azure Stack and VMware partnering with AWS, customers will have serious options for genuine, interchangeable, hybrid cloud.
If you would like more detail, I wrote a post on this just before the turn of the year.
A French distributor speaks about cloud, virtualization and security
In a rapidly IT environment, it is critical to remain focussed on basics – partners first. On premise business still has great days ahead. Cloud, virtualisation or cyber security are overperforming and should be considered as key areas of development in 2018.
Abdel Bennour, Ingram Micro
I would recommend that we all keep an eye on the human aspects of digital transformation which we have started.
From a personal point of view, life balance has always been a key success factor to manage the pressure of work. So more than just a resolution it’s a daily action which is part of my DNA. So I launch a New Year resolution of S.I.S : Smile, Interests (of others before yours) and Sincerity which is one of the best ways to care about yourself and others.
I wish all of you an amazing, healthy prosperous and joyful year 2018.
In order to start the year, CONTEXT has asked senior executives from across the Channel globally to state their predictions for 2018. Today’s post is by Ralf Jordan, Head of Distribution in EMEA for Dell
In 2018 the world will take another step forward in its Digital Transformation. The IT industry will continue to play a pivotal role helping organisations reinvent themselves to realise their digital future. We see three transformations underpinning this – IT; Workforce; and Security. IT centres on helping customers modernise their infrastructure; Workforce focuses on connecting people anytime, anywhere; and Security aims to protect organisations from the one million cyber attacks every day. 2018 can be the year of change and with change comes rich opportunities as industries are transformed, human progress is accelerated and lives are changed.
To see all of Dell EMC predictions for 2018, take a look to the following article: Dell Technologies 2018 Predictions – Entering the Next Era of Human Machine Partnerships
My personal ‘New Year resolution’ is to ‘Learn something new every single day of the Year’. I subscribed to a couple of industry and non-industry newsletters and Vlogs and will dedicate at least five minutes a day on something new. The willingness and ability to learn is in my mind the most critical success factor to succeed not only in our IT industry but in life in general.