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The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2021

Rick Whiting

This year’s list of the 10 biggest news stories is topped by major cybersecurity and ransomware attacks, accelerating industry trends such as as-a-service and cloud marketplaces, and new leadership pursuing new strategies at some of the IT industry’s biggest companies.

Turbulent 2021

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic disruption – including the impact on the IT industry and IT channel – was far and away the big story of the year.

But 2021 has been anything but a return to business as usual. Repercussions from the ongoing pandemic are still being felt – the continuing chip shortage being a prime example – and after nearly two years many IT industry workers have yet to return full time to their workplaces.

Major trends continue to remake the IT industry and the channel including the shift to as-a-service consumption and the rapid rise of cloud marketplaces as a key component of IT vendor and solution provider go-to-market strategies. And industry consolidation is always at work – this year the IT distribution landscape is particularly being transformed by blockbuster mergers and acquisitions.

Some of the biggest news stories in 2021 involved leadership changes at some of the IT industry’s leading companies, efforts to change the direction (and fortunes) of IT companies – and, in some cases, a combination of the two.

But the rising threat of ransomware and cyberattacks against businesses, government agencies and IT companies, illustrated by a number of major cybersecurity incidents throughout 2021, are clearly this year’s biggest – and still developing – news story.

Here’s our list of the top 10 news stories of 2021. Take a look and see if you agree with our choices.

For more of the biggest startups, products and news stories of 2021, click here.

 
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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