Focusing on an emerging technology or new business practice was once a solution provider's ticket to growth. But with the rapid changes sweeping the IT industry -- and the channel -- expanding into a lot area like cloud computing, virtualization or mobility is no longer just for ambitious solution providers. It's a requirement that solution providers evolve to meet customer demands.
Some solution providers, of course, stand out from the pack when it comes to transforming their business or breaking into new technologies. And so we present this year's edition of the CRN Next-Gen 250, a snapshot of solution providers who are zeroing in on emerging and potentially lucrative technologies such as cloud computing, unified communications, virtualization, mobility, and business analytics and business intelligence. All of the companies on our list have only been in business since 1998. The following is a random sampling of the solution provider's making this year's CRN Next-Gen 250 list. For part two, click here.