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How Many Channel Partners Are Out There?

It's a question as old as the industry itself. Does anyone really know the answer?

This is one of the most common questions I get. Without a census of any type it is difficult to drill down to the right answer, as the numbers tend to be fluid.

Here is what we know today:

Using dozens of data sources, we can start from the top down and try to get into the right area code. The global IT industry is forecasted to be $3.828 trillion dollars (yes, with a "t") in 2015, according to Gartner Group.

North America represents about 25 percent of

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