Channel Wheeling And Dealing
The biggest channel acquisition of the first six months undoubtedly belongs to Synnex, whose $2.8 billion planned purchase of Convergys will turn the distributor into a market leader in the business process outsourcing space.
Whether it's adding a layer to existing services, which Tyler Technologies did when it bought Socrata to enhance data analytics for small government operations, or filling a gap in digital commerce capabilities, which Dimension Data did with its purchase of e2y, the first half of 2018 saw channel mergers of all sizes.
The deals involved some of the biggest names in the channel. And, based on what companies have said in the first six months of 2018, the rest of the year could be just as busy.
(For more on the biggest news of 2018, check out "CRN's Tech Midyear In Review.")