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Top 20 Stories in December: Tech Industry Layoffs, Avaya, AWS, Rackspace Outage

We also recognize channel leaders, relive AWS re:Invent and explore mega trends. But what was No. 1?

Craig Galbraith

January 5, 2023

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After a rough fall, will this be the month that the pace of tech industry layoffs slows? The answer, unfortunately, will be “no” if Wednesday’s news of cuts at Salesforce are a sign of things to come.

But we here at the countdown tend to be hopeful. After all, our look at the top 20 channel stories in December features a lot more than doom and gloom. Most notably, two would-be acquisitions got your attention last month. Will HPE buy Nutanix? Will RingCentral gobble up 8×8? Maybe not, but the speculation ran wild.

Meantime, we published a number of lists at the end of the year that celebrated channel leaders in various categories. Furthermore, we gave you some mega trends to consider for 2023 that you sunk your teeth into.

Financial struggles at Avaya continued to rank high on our countdown, while a Rackspace Hosted Exchange ransomware attack wreaked havoc.

As we like to remind you, it’s you, the reader, who determines the top 20 in this countdown. Tech industry layoffs and more make it because you read those stories on Channel Futures. Either that, or you engaged with them via our daily, weekly and biweekly newsletters. We want you to help determine the top 20 by signing up for our newsletters here.

So which story was No. 1 last month? See our slideshow above to find out. Then, in case it slipped past you during the holidays, be sure to check out our top stories from all of 2022.

Want to contact the author directly about this story? Have ideas for a follow-up article? Email Craig Galbraith or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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Craig Galbraith

Editorial Director, Channel Futures

Craig Galbraith is the editorial director for Channel Futures, joining the team in 2008. Before that, he spent more than 11 years as an anchor, reporter and managing editor in television newsrooms in North Dakota and Washington state. Craig is a proud Husky, having graduated from the University of Washington. He makes his home in the Phoenix area.

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