Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

  • By

    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

19. Coalescing Channel Communities
Communities are nothing new in the channel. The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and The ASCII Group, for instance, are both more than two decades old. There are literally dozens of communities: HTG Peer Groups, Ingram Micro VentureTech Network, Tech Data’s TechSelect, NASBA, 1nService and more. But the meaning of community changed in 2009 with the advent of social networking tools that made the connecting of peers and collaboration among solution providers more possible. Around the channel, existing groups are being renamed "communities," while new communities are sprouting. Community is a friendly, concise description of peer bonding, cooperation, collaboration and exchange.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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