As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the key quotes from 2013. Let us know what you think the biggest stories of the year have been via our Twitter or Facebook pages, or by leaving a comment below.
"[It is an] extremely sad day for the channel. One cannot go on buying sprees at too accelerated a rate and acquire such humungous debt that simply has no chance of being serviced or paid."
Channel veteran and credit specialist Eddie Pacey analysed the initial announcement of reseller giant 2e2's demise back in January.
"In the past couple of weeks you may have read certain reports in the trade press about Phoenix and our relationship with Cisco.
"The fact is that at the end of October we received notice from Cisco that our 10+ year relationship as a Gold Indirect Channel partner was being terminated for convenience and that Cisco would cease to be a supplier to Phoenix."
Matt Conrad-Jones, partner programme manager at Phoenix IT wrote to the reseller's customers to explain that Cisco had kicked it off its partner programme last month.
"Maybe I'm an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on. As much as I love everything about what I'm doing... the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is a new leader who will accelerate change. At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern. Face it: I'm a pattern."
Microsoft's imminently departing chief executive Steve Ballmer (pictured) explained his decision to stand down.
"Many investors didn't agree with [the M&A strategy], so I bought the company back from the shareholders. It turned out to be a little harder than I expected, but I got it done."
Michael Dell celebrated finally taking the firm he founded private in October.
"I do not really see a long lifespan for Surface hardware, based on our channel analysis. I think we can assume [that] in the next six months, the Surface will come and go with not much trace of an impact.
"It is a business tablet which is not going [to be sold] through a business strategy - it is suicide."
Back in February, Context analyst Salman Chaudry gave a less-than-optimistic forecast for Microsoft's Surface tablets before a handful of resellers were eventually given the green light to sell them.
"A year ago, our cost structure was out of line with the revenue trajectory of our business, our balance sheet had a significant amount of debt on it, our sales teams and partners lacked modern tools...to sell efficiently and effectively.
"A year later, I can confidently say that while there is still a lot more work to be done, we're making real progress."
HP saw its shares jump in October as its boss Meg Whitman (pictured) assured shareholders her grand turnaround plan was on track.
"The group's underlying business is sound with a strong customer offering and future potential. It therefore attracted a large amount of interest from both private equity and trade buyers during the sales process.
"The sale secures the future of the business, its employees and provides the best outcome for creditors."
Liberata's buyout of ailing VAR Trinity was the best outcome all round according to Matthew Cowlishaw, one of three joint administrators at Deloitte.
"I see no value being added by a public inquiry. The facts are in the public domain and there for all to see. So far as an independent audit is concerned, there has never been any suggestion that the process for procurement and purchase of the laptops was in any way flawed."
Back in February, Torfaen Council leader Bob Wellington denied that his council's purchase of £1.8m worth of IT kit which remained unused in storage for two years amid a procurement row was in any was flawed.
"There was lots of change and no thought was given to customers. Wellingborough staff were upset at losing key accounts for no reason and their customers were never consulted... lots of senior sales people left as a result."
Following a flurry of changes at Misco in the summer, one source explained to CRN how an account management rejig had caused trouble at the reseller.
"Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo, and that starts with physically being together."
Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer (pictured) stunned the industry by discouraging remote working at the company at the start of this year.
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