Many of the biggest news stories this year, including supply chain disruptions, economic uncertainty and the adoption of hybrid work practices, are repercussions from the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Supply chain disruptions, economic uncertainty, IT industry layoffs, cybersecurity threats and multi-billion-dollar acquisitions. As the year draws to a close, here’s a look at what have been the biggest news stories so far in the IT industry and the channel in 2022.
COVID-19 itself may have faded as a top story. But several of the top news stories this year stem from the ongoing repercussions of the global pandemic and its impact on the economy, the IT industry and the channel.
Continued supply chain disruptions, for example, were a major challenge for the industry. Shortages of semiconductors, components and finished systems have left IT vendors and solution providers scrambling to meet their customers’ needs. And with IT products needed to run on-premises data centers sometimes unavailable for weeks or months, some see the supply chain problem accelerating the adoption of cloud services.
Economic uncertainty kept many IT and channel executives awake at night as they watch for any signs of slowing sales or customer pullback. Many IT companies, from giants like Intel, Cisco Systems and HP Inc., to startups and solution providers initiated cost-cutting efforts and laid off employees.
And in a major shift in how businesses operate, the work-from-home and hybrid work practices imposed by the pandemic on millions of workers now appear to be at least semi-permanent. And that means changes – and opportunities – in the IT products and services the channel provides.
Some of this year’s biggest news stories involve blockbuster acquisitions that are changing the face of the IT industry and the channel. Some, like AMD’s $49 billion buy of Xilinx – the largest acquisition in the history of the semiconductor industry – are done deals. Others, like Broadcom’s pending $61 billion deal to buy virtualization giant VMware, are in the works.
The ongoing threat of malware, ransomware and other cyberattacks against businesses, government agencies and IT companies remains a major story with managed service providers a frequent target. Changes in Microsoft’s channel program and practices and their impact on partners have made headlines this year. And how the IT industry has responded to the war in Ukraine rounds out the top stories.
Here’s our look at the top 10 news stories of 2022, starting with No. 10 and counting down to No. 1. Take a look and see if you agree with our choices.