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The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2022 (So Far)

Rick Whiting

Many of the biggest news stories this year, including supply chain disruptions, economic uncertainty and the adoption of hybrid work-from-home practices, are repercussions from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Turbulent 2022

With summer vacations over and everyone back to work, 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, have been 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 is keeping many IT and channel executives awake at night as they watch for any signs of slowing sales or customer pullback. Some IT companies, from giants like Oracle and Avaya to startups, have 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 pending.

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 (so far), starting with No. 10 and counting down to No. 1. Take a look and see if you agree with our choices.

 

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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