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The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2021 (So Far)

Rick Whiting

While the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions have continued into 2021, the biggest news stories this year include major cybersecurity attacks, leadership changes at major IT vendors, and accelerating industry trends such as as-a-service and cloud market adoption.

Turbulent 2021

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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.

This year, while repercussions from the pandemic are still being felt – the continuing chip shortage being a prime example – many of the IT industry’s biggest news stories in 2021 (so far) are more akin to those seen in previous years as the industry rapidly develops and industry players race to keep pace.

Major trends remaking the IT industry and the channel include the shift to as-a-service IT 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 mergers and acquisitions.

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

But the rising threat of cyberattacks against businesses, government agencies and IT companies, as so clearly seen in two of the biggest cyberattacks ever, is clearly this year’s biggest – and still developing – news story.

Here’s our look at the top 10 news stories of 2021 (so far). Take a look and see if you agree with our choices.

(And if you want to see how many of these stories made the year-end list, 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

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