Making the most of it
Although 52 per cent of the country voted to leave the EU, it seems most in the tech industry were left disappointed. But amid the plummeting pound and miserable markets, some chinks of light managed to get through.
Some optimistic channel folk said the IT industry is the master of dealing with - and making the most of - change. Others hopefully claimed that although imports would become more expensive, it was good news for exporters, and others suggested that leaving Europe will be good for broadening the channel's horizons by trading with other continents.
The phrase ‘clutching at straws' doesn't spring to mind - honestly.
Hearts were sent racing among channel singles when CRN reported that the self-styled "eHarmony of the channel" had launched in the UK. But rather than specialising in romance, Channeliser focuses on channel connections.
The firm was set up by two former Microsoft consultants, who aim to help vendors, disties, resellers and all other areas of the channel find each other through what they claim is an ultra-specific search engine.
So far, the firm has attracted 2,000 users, but just how many of them were actually looking for a non-smoking Capricorn with a GSOH and no pets remains unknown.
Government framework G-Cloud has had a number of criticisms levelled against it since it began in 2012.
But the latest headline is that recruitment firms have so far made more than £100m through the framework, despite there being another framework designed for consultants and a third for individuals and teams.
Personnel is not the only non-cloud-related item thought to have been procured through G-Cloud in recent years, with some anecdotal claims suggesting PCs have gone through it too. We wonder how long before it's fruit and veg, double glazing and flip-flops.
Currency headwinds have blighted the channel over the past few years. But if the last two years were a headwind, what happened after Brexit was a hurricane. The pound fell to a 31-year low, but showed some signs of recovery in the following week.
This meant the channel braced itself for huge price hikes, which analyst Canalys said could play a part in shrinking the UK IT market by a whopping 15 per cent.
The tech industry has led the way in a number of world-changing innovations, and we think now is a great time to throw all R&D cash into building a time machine.
The world of artificial intelligence has a way to go yet, if Microsoft's Bing is any indication.
Ahead of Euro 2016, the search engine predicted that England would make it to the semi-finals before heading home. But after a worse-than-expected performance in its group, finishing behind the mighty Wales, Bing said that England would be knocked out in the quarter-finals. That turned out to be wrong too, after the team was slain by Iceland in the second round.
We're no experts on AI at CRN Towers, but we're not sure there's any point altering a prediction after something significant happens. Much like forecasting that you'll need a brolly once your hair is already wet.
As cloud services began to take over the channel in the last few years, many have questioned what this meant for the role of distributors. In response, lots of disties created their very own cloud marketplaces, with Ingram and Avnet cutting the ribbons on theirs within the last 12 months.
But born-in-the-cloud start-up Appura claims such ventures are futile, and that its more flexible model, and ability to work with more vendors, makes it superior.
"[Disties] can see they are no longer required," said Appura's CEO Julian Painter. "There is no longer that much value they are adding, even though they talk about being ‘value-add'.
"They're all very similar at the moment. It's all very singular - they've not got the breadth we have."
Automation firms UiPath and Automation Anywhere close out their funding rounds with $265m and $300m respectively
View photos of last night's awards ceremony in London
View photos of all the winners from the 2018 Channel Awards
After a glittering awards evening in Battersea celebrating 25 years of the Awards, we are pleased to share the list of winners and judges' commended winners