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2008 gloomy or bright: who’s right?

By Diane Krakora

With gas at nearly $5 per gallon at the pump in some areas, a housing crash upon us and the weakest dollar most of us have seen in a lifetime, how can anyone think that the economic outlook in 2008 is bright? Still, it seems no one has told our IT industry leaders the bad news. We hear a constant stream of technology industry success news mixed in with these poor economic indicators. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, projected strong (but lumpy) revenues. EMC and Juniper are both reporting increased profits. Apple and HP are showing robust growth.

Did the channel contribute significantly to technology vendors’ growth and profitability this year? Undoubtedly. The proof? Arrow’s sales are up. Synnex and Tech Data both beat the street’s estimates. With the consolidation in technology vendors and in the channel itself, will the channel future continue to be bright? I could wax nostalgically about the good, bad and exciting channel turns and developments in 2007 that shape our outlook on 2008 – things like Arrow acquiring rivals Agilysis and Alternative Technology, Dell’s re-entry to the channel and CMP’s changes to the publications and the obliteration of their experienced staff – but I think looking forward to the challenges and opportunities in 2008 is more productive. (more…)

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