IT Channel Businesses Remain Confident in Q2 Despite Some Concerns

By Gina Roos

IT channel companies remain optimistic about business prospects in the second quarter of 2014, according to a recent survey from CompTIA. The Q2 IT Industry Business Confidence Index marks the third consecutive quarter that IT industry executives in the channel have reported increased optimism about future business. The index rose 1.1 percent, reaching 61.3 (on a 100-point scale), up slightly from 60.2 in the first quarter of 2014. The index is based on IT executives' opinions of the U.S. economy, the IT industry and their companies. Despite the optimism, IT channel executives still face several major challenges. Among their biggest concerns are disruptive technologies and business models, with cloud computing and mobility as the key driving factors. "With such far-reaching impacts of these technologies, firms across the IT channel are still working through how to best meet the needs of their customers and their business," Tim Herbert, vice president, research, CompTIA, said in a statement. Channel Insider looks at key takeaways from the report.

This article was originally published on 2014-05-05
Gina Roos is a business and technology writer who has contributed print and Web articles to leading electronic industry publications. She was Editor-in-Chief at Electronics Sourcing North America, and served as Site Editor for UBM's Green SupplyLine and Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Websites. She also authored the "In the Channel" column, covering the electronics distribution industry for EETimes ProductWeek. Gina was the founder and editor of Electronics Advocate, an online magazine covering design and supply chain issues in the electronics industry. The publication was sold to MMG Publishing UK in 2010. Gina has a degree in journalism.