1. 3-D Printing
Gartner statistics predict 3-D printing to grow 75 percent in 2014 alone, with the number of unit shipments doubling in 2015. While it's a cool technology, what is the impact for the channel? Gartner says that the buzz in 3-D printing's consumer base will lead to it becoming a business solution that helps cut costs, improves products and speeds up manufacturing. Channel partners are pretty mixed so far on the adoption of 3-D printing into their own businesses, but some are optimistic about its possibilities for opening up new high-margin product lines.