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Gap opens up between digital trust leaders and laggards

Mike Nelson, Global VP of Digital Trust at DigiCert, discusses the findings of the company’s 2024 State of Digital Trust Survey, explaining that digital trust leaders enjoy higher revenue, better digital innovation and higher employee productivity, are better prepared for the post-quantum world and well positioned to take advantage of the benefits of IoT. Mike also explains how organisations outside the leaders’ group can set about improving their digital trust posture.

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AI - the good, the bad and the ugly

Chris Coward, Director of Project Management, BCS, offers a refreshingly honest view of the ways in which AI is likely to impact the data centre industry over time. He shares some great insights as to how BCS plans to harness the technology for the benefit of the company’s partner ecosystem – with a particular emphasis on ensuring that AI delivers better results and experiences for its supply chain partners, employees and the end customers alike.

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ESG climbs the corporate agenda

Henrik Sandin, Director & Principal ESG Specialist at Workiva, discusses the findings of the company’s recent ESG Practitioner Survey, covering the impending EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), the need for both integrated ESG reporting and assurance, the technology and mindsets needed to transform reporting processes and the roles that both AI and companies such as Workiva can play in helping ESG practitioners develop successful, business-winning ESG strategies.

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Organisations need to become ‘data ready’

Libby Duane Adams, Chief Advocacy Officer and Co-Founder at Alteryx, believes that businesses can’t afford to fall behind in their AI and data strategy – they must accelerate it to stay ahead of the curve and crucially, navigate a turbulent economic environment. However, AI and data can’t just sit in the office space held by the IT team. Companies on this journey must break down silos and get people together: that’s where the power truly begins.

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Tech Channel Ambassadors set to tackle IT skills gap

Ian Kilpatrick, former EVP of Nuvias and the driving force behind the newly established Tech Channel Ambassadors, explains the thinking behind the organisation – a new Community Interest Company (CIC) created to promote the channel IT industry, and to bolster inclusivity in the sector. Tech Channel Ambassadors aims to raise awareness of career opportunities across the IT channel to those in education, those returning to employment, and those looking to change career, including, but not limited to, career opportunities for girls, BAME, disabled, neurodiverse and disadvantaged groups.

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Skills shortage drives increase in IT investment, automation and outsourcing

Alex Hoff, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Auvik, discusses the results of the company’s recent IT Trends 2024 Industry Report, which explains how the ongoing skills shortage is shaping IT investment decisions, with increased automation and outsourcing two key trends, alongside continued cloud and security spending. Alex also highlights the disjoint between the C-Suite and IT practitioners when it comes to identifying and addressing IT challenges and opportunities, sharing some great insights as to the best way forward for both MSPs and their customers.

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5G stands (alone) ready to be unleashed

Stephen Douglas, Head of Market Strategy at Spirent, discusses the company’s 5th annual 5G outlook report, which finds that 5G Standalone (SA) market is picking up significant speed, alongside similar interest activity in terms of private 5G. Stephen offers some great insights into what’s going on in the 5G market right now and how he sees it developing over time.

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Driving knowledge sharing across the Channel

Patrick Aronson, Chief Marketing Officer and APAC Executive Vice President at Westcon-Comstor, looks at the challenges and opportunities for MSPs and other channel partners around data, as outlined in the company’s recent ‘Bridging the Gap’ research report. Patrick also explains some of the company’s recent data-focused initiatives, including the Partner Insights tool and Tech ConneX.

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Collaboration is the key to sustainability success

Dr. Alyson Freeman; Customer & Innovation lead, Sustainability & ESG, Dell Technologies, discusses the sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry and some of the ways in which the facility owners and operators are collaborating with the IT hardware manufacturers, such as Dell, to make real progress towards Net Zero.

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Dealing with IT infrastructure complexity in a hybrid world

Andy Bevan, Head of Propositions and Strategy Consulting at Daisy Corporate Services, discusses recent research findings which reveal that two-thirds of IT leaders say that legacy infrastructure is creating a sustainability nightmare. Andy explores the options available for addressing this problem, with a consumption-based IT infrastructure model the likely solution.

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Benchmark Report provides a positive picture of the MSP landscape

Chris McKie, VP, Product Marketing Networking, Security & Risk Management Solutions, Kaseya, discusses the findings of the company’s recently published 2024 MSP Benchmark Report, with automation, integration, AI, the skills shortage and customer acquisition, alongside the ever present cybersecurity challenge, the main topics of concern (and potential opportunity) for Managed Services Providers.

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Remembering how to be sustainable

Richard Eglon, CMO at Nebula, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report: ESG Unwrapped: Building a Sustainable Channel Community, which calls for collaboration, co-opetition and knowledge sharing as crucial ingredients for ESG success. Richard shares some example of how Nebula is benefitting from this new approach as well as offering some advice as to how the Channel more generally can embrace the advantages of ESG.

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Plenty of AI excitement, but plenty of pitfalls as well?

David Williams, Acting Managing Director EMEA, Telstra International, and Kwee Chuan Yeo, Senior Editor, Asia, MIT Technology Review Insights, discuss the findings of a recent MITTR study focusing on AI. It seems that everyone wants to deploy AI, but many organisations have yet to understand or implement the IT infrastructure requirements which are a prerequisite project success.

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IT remanufacture contributes to successful sustainability strategies

Steve Haskew, Head of Sustainability and Social Leadership at Circular Computing, explains how the road to Net Zero almost certainly involves organisations considering their IT estate, especially in terms of understanding that the carbon footprint of hardware is largely associated with the manufacture, rather than the use, of the equipment. Hence IT hardware remanufacture is an increasingly attractive option - with the added bonus of significant financial savings.

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The art of adopting science-based sustainability targets

Charissa Jaganath, Head of Responsible Business at Logicalis, discusses how IT organisations can become responsible businesses, encompassing the measurement and disclosure of carbon emissions across all three scopes. She also shares how she has developed the company’s global strategy to drive sustainable change across three key pillars of People, Communities, and Planet.

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