We reveal the results of our Channel Confidence Survey (31)
Even the overall business climate in the regional channel continues to improve there is still some elements of uncertainty especially in the PC segment, where sales of desktop and notebooks and other IT hardware have continued on a downward spiral.
According analyst firm IDC, the Middle East and Africa PC market stabilised in Q2, 2018 as tablet demand continued to plummet. According to IDC, the MEA personal computing devices (PCD) market, which is made up of desktops, notebooks, workstations, and tablets, declined 7.7% year on year in Q2 2018. The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly PCD Tracker shows that shipments fell to around 5.4m units for the three-month period, which represents the lowest quarterly volume recorded for more than seven years.
Against this background Channel Middle East held its annual Channel Confidence Survey to gauge the market prospects for Q4, 2018. The majority (60%) of survey participants represented distributors, 20% vendors, 4% resellers or VARs, 10% SIs or IT consultants, 4% retailers and 2% general IT traders.
In the pages that follow, the 2018 Channel Confidence Survey highlights the key findings about the state of the regional channel business and outlook.