Hope and Optimism in 2019

Changes are coming, due in large part to the impact of technology evolution delivered by vendors and channel partners. We can and should look forward to the future with optimism.

By Larry Walsh

Typically, around this time each December, I write a list of predictions for the coming year. It’s an annual litany of technology, business, and operational trends that I predict will come to fruition over the next 12 months. But this year I’m going to assume that you know all about the coming of new cloud services, business-model evolution, and channel consolidation. And then, of course, there’s the most significant prediction of all – how machine learning and artificial intelligence are both existential threats and essential to future life on earth.

Seriously, though, if you’d like 2019 predictions, see Google (or Bing, if that’s your thing). The Internet is littered with thousands of clickbait prediction articles by analysts, bloggers, and ne’er-do-wells.

Rather than prognosticating, I’m pausing to offer a message of gratitude and optimism in these uncertain times. We see rough seas ahead, and our concerns are not assuaged by the political, market, and societal turmoil surrounding us. And, for better or worse, technology is front and center in this tumultuous landscape as our companies, products, and services are catalysts for communication, change, and, in some instances, manipulation.

Consider for a moment what we – as an industry and people – accomplish over and over: continuous improvement and the creation of never-ending opportunity.

Every day, we – the people of the technology industry – have the opportunity to do something different. Through our products and services, we’re enhancing business productivity and profitability, uncovering ways to do jobs differently, creating jobs where none existed, and, ultimately, improving the quality of life. The technology industry – and the channel that drives it – is more than just the provider of integrated circuits and code; it’s a dream machine that converts imagination into reality. And that’s something in which we can all take pride.

Yes, times will get hard again, as they periodically do. Change will come, and change will go. While we business leaders and owners are often measured by our revenue, profitability, and growth, we should also take stock of our other accomplishments. We can’t always measure success in dollars, pounds, Euros, and yens. We should value the products that we create, the businesses we transform and improve, the people we help, and the myriad ways we make the world a better place.

The 2112 Group is closing down for the holidays. When we return, we’ll have a few surprises to unveil. In the meantime, I want to thank the numerous technology vendors, distributors, solution providers, and luminaries that have aided and supported 2112 over the past year. We interact with thousands of companies and individuals in the pursuit of making the channel better. Without them, we’d have no reason to exist.

I also want to thank 2112’s friends and partners – Channel Maven, Impartner, Baptie & Co., Mindmatrix, Incisive Media, and Channel Partners – for another great year. Together, we truly make an impact on the world around us.

And, of course, I want to give special thanks to the 2112 team, whom I consider the best in the business. The team – Chris Gonsalves, Alex Hart, Bryn Nettesheim, Michelle Passaro, Mark Kielty, Michele Warren, and Jason Funk – is the true source of strength that drives 2112. Words can’t express my immense appreciation for everything they do for 2112 and its clients.

Personally, I’m looking forward to 2019 and beyond. The world is changing rapidly and, in my cockeyed optimistic view, for the better. 2112 and I feel privileged to play a role in the change.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

Larry Walsh, The 2112 Group

Larry Walsh is the founder, CEO and chief analyst of The 2112 Group. Follow him on social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn.