Introducing CRN Essential

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A summary of what's included in our premium market intelligence service

Vendor, distributor and reseller executives are notoriously time poor, and sifting through the mountain of information out there to get to what is ‘essential' to your business can be a thankless task.

This is where CRN Essential comes in.

Since CRN launched CRN Essential in February, subscribers have gained exclusive access to seven in-depth reports, namely:

MSP Trends Report 2018

An overview of how end users' appetite for outsourced and managed services is changing

Which IT functions to keep in-house, and which to hive off to a third party, is one of the eternal questions that has vexed IT decision makers through the years. Based on the views of IT decision makers at more than 250 UK end users, this report aims to provide a snapshot of how end users' attitudes to that equation are changing and serves as an authoritative guide for any vendor or channel firm targeting managed services expansion.

Top 250 UK VARs

This exclusive report profiles every one of the top 250 UK resellers on CRN's radar, from #1 outfit Computacenter to #250 Freestyle IT

Having first launched Top VARs - CRN's rundown of the UK's top 100 resellers, MSPs and consultancies - in 2011, this year we have gone a step further, profiling every single reseller in the top 250 firms on our radar.

Profiles include a summary of each reseller's focus and recent financial performance, as well as revenue, profit and profit margin figures.

Comms Reseller Report

An overview of the UK's top 35 comms resellers by revenue and the trends affecting their businesses

Avaya's collapse into Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the start of 2017 underlines the struggles the legacy comms space has been undergoing.

And yet the 35 largest comms resellers on our radar grew revenues by a collective nearly 12 per cent in their latest financial years.

Their secret has been reinvention and acquisitive growth, with the comms channel providing the setting for a frenzy of M&A activity in recent times. This report ranks the 35 largest specialist comms VARs on CRN's radar by revenue and examines the trends affecting their businesses.

Cybersecurity Provider Report

The trends affecting the sizzling-hot UK cybersecurity channel, and an overview of its top protagonists

Boutique cybersecurity providers that specialise solely in protecting their customers against the latest threats have never been in greater demand.

Overwhelmed by the increasing complexity of the threat landscape and cyberskills shortage, CIOs and CISOs are more than ever turning to the expertise offered by specialists in the channel.

Our inaugural Cybersecurity Provider Report shows that the top 13 players in this space grew collective revenues by 11 per cent to £525m in their most recent annual result and takes a deep dive into all the trends reshaping this high-growth - but also highly competitive - market.

Print Provider Report

A rundown of the UK's top 20 print providers and overview of the big trends shaking up the sector

If the print market is in the doldrums, no one told the 20 specialist B2B print providers featured in CRN's inaugural Print Provider Report, who raked in collective revenues of £675m in their latest financial years.

This report profiles the UK's top boutique resellers of print, supplies and office equipment, and examines the key trends that will affect their businesses over the coming years, including how they are reacting to the rise of managed print and advent of the paperless office.

Audiovisual Provider Report

A look at the UK's top 20 audiovisual providers and the trends shaping their businesses

Audiovisual has always been IT's awkward step-sibling, with numerous tech resellers trying - and failing - to crack the adjacent world of videowalls, projectors and digital signage.

This report profiles the cast of specialist providers dominating this space, from AVMI and ProAV to Kinly and Electrosonic, and also examines the trends affecting, and growth opportunities in, this dynamic - if somewhat awkward - space.

2018 Staff and Salaries Study

A look at what is happening to headcount and pay across the UK's top 250 resellers. How do you, or your partners, measure up?

How many people work for the UK's top resellers, and how much do they get paid?

These are two of the key questions CRN has sought to answer in its inaugural Staff and Salaries study, which draws on publicly available data contained in the most recent annual accounts of the UK's top 250 resellers to build a picture of staff and salaries trends in the channel.

Channel Round-ups

Get all the monthly and quarterly news from vendors, distributors and resellers plus research updates and analysis on the issues affecting the channel.


Subscription costs

All subscriptions are for a 12-month period from date of purchase. Terms and conditions can be found at:

Single-user subscription: £1,495 +VAT

Corporate subscription (up to six users): £4,995 +VAT

For more information please contact [email protected]


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