Channel Partners, Channel Futures Announce Channel Influencer Award Winners

These are the top techs, companies, people and trends for 2018.

January 8, 2018

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PHOENIX, (Jan. 8, 2018) — Today Channel Partners and Channel Futures – new home of MSPmentor, The VAR Guy and Talkin’ Cloud – announce the winners of the industry’s first Channel Influencer Awards, which recognize the people, technologies, trends and organizations that will shape the new channel in 2018.

25 Orgs to Watch: Top suppliers, consultancies, distributors and master agents moving the channel forward in 2018, selected by the editors who know these beats inside and out.

Winners: AT&T, Avant, Avaya, Box, CenturyLink, Comcast Business, Continuum, Cyxtera, Extreme Networks, GE, Ingram Micro, Microsoft Azure, Optiv, ParkMyCloud, Pax8, Rackspace, SaaSMax, Salesforce, Sirius, ScanSource + Intelisys, Sophos, The 20, Velocloud, Verizon, ZeroStack

8 Channel Innovators: These forces to be reckoned with include analysts, industry executives and thought leaders who are paving the way to the new channel.

Winners: John DeLozier, CenturyLink; Hilary Gadda, TPx; Zee Hussain, AT&T; Jay McBain, Forrester; Janet Schijns, Office Depot; Craig Schlagbaum, Comcast Business; Rob Rae, Datto; Geeman Yip, BitTitan

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8 Technologies for 2018: Partners need to stay on top of the innovations that will move customers into the digital era. What’s the next SD-WAN or ransomware prevention? Look no further than our list.

8 Business Trends for 2018: What topics will have customers buzzing from the C-suite on down? We’ll name the hot business trends that will shape the channel in 2018.

Winners will be recognized in the Spring issue of Channel Partners and at our largest Channel Partners Conference & Expo, where 6,000-plus partners and suppliers will converge April 17-20. at the Venetian & Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

In the Spring issue we will also name our Channel Person of the Year, the individual who will shake up our community in 2018.

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Channel Partners is joining forces with Channel Futures — new home of MSPmentor, The VAR Guy and Talkin’ Cloud — to provide the industry’s broadest and deepest coverage of the new channel that comprises both traditional partners reinventing themselves for a digital future and an array of newcomers that see opportunities to deliver customer value.

For more than 25 years, Channel Partners has been the undisputed leader in providing news, analysis and education to the indirect sales channels serving the business technology and communications industry. In addition, Channel Partners online ( delivers a constant content stream of unique and breaking industry news, feature articles and premium downloadable content. As official media of Channel Partners Conference & Expo ( and Channel Partners Evolution (, Channel Partners is the market leader that channel professionals turn to first.

Channel Futures is devoted to helping the architects of the digital revolution better manage their operations and deliver higher-value business solutions to end customers. Leveraging the best of The VAR Guy, MSPmentor, Talkin’ Cloud and more, Channel Futures provides inspiration, insights and tools to the diverse ecosystem of companies that comprise the “new channel,” which includes managed service providers (MSPs), systems integrators, born-in-the-cloud companies, telecom agents, VARs and other market specialists that operate outside of the traditional information and telecommunications technology (ICT) ecosystem.

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