5. Find Your Inner Innovator
"Channel innovation is a must. If you don't innovate, you probably won't survive -- not because you did anything wrong, but because the market doesn't need you," said Gartner analyst Tiffani Bova, who predicted during a keynote address that the IT world is moving toward a combination of cloud-based computing and traditional IT. "What percentage will be on-prem[ise], and what percentage will be off-prem will depend on specifics of the business [including] market, region, segment and vertical," she said.