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The 10 Biggest Channel Stories Of 2017

CRN rounds up the most significant and influential channel developments of the past year, including a slew of high-profile acquisitions, leadership changes and private equity investments.

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Out With The Old, In With The New

2017 marked another year of rapid, accelerating change for many of the IT channel's leading businesses and decision-makers.

Top vendors made game-changing acquisitions, broadline distributors acquired their way into emerging technology areas, and industry leaders continued to position their practices for a future that will feature more complex and sophisticated solutions ranging from cloud services to IoT and cybersecurity. In the past month alone, HPE CEO Meg Whitman announced her decision to step down, and Dell EMC named a new channel chief following the promotion of John Byrne.

Outside money continues to flow into the channel from private equity firms and multinational conglomerates. Consolidation swept the channel once again, with several major solution providers and distributors acquiring or merging with one another. And, in both Florida and California, natural disasters hurt business for IT providers and their customers.

Keep reading to review the most significant and influential channel developments of the past year.

Get more of CRN's 2017 tech year in review .

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