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June 2021

Submit to: charlotte.hathway@markallengroup.com
Deadline: Thursday 6th May 2021

Data and analytics: gaining an edge

This feature will discuss the data and analytics offerings being developed in the Channel, and how resellers and MSPs can gain an edge over the competition.

We will ask:

  • What are UK businesses using data and analytics for? How does this vary across sectors?
  • How are data and analytics technologies evolving? What is possible now, and what do you expect to see become a reality in the next 5 years?
  • Are there any opportunities for resellers and MSPs that haven’t yet been tapped into?
  • How else can resellers and MSPs gain an edge?
  • Case studies from resellers and MSPs about the data and analytics projects they have carried out for customers.


This feature will examine the MSP landscape in the UK, including how their business models are evolving, how their customer base is changing, and the role they play in helping UK businesses adopt new technologies. We will also look at new MSPs that have emerged in the past few years.

We will ask:

  • What role do MSPs play in technology adoption in the UK?
  • How have MSPs weathered the pandemic?
  • What challenges are MSPs facing?
  • How are MSPs changing their businesses?
  • Is the relationship between vendor and MSP changing? How?
  • What new MSPs are emerging in the UK? Do they do anything different from more established MSPs?

Mental health

This feature will discuss the importance of looking after our mental health. We are looking for insight from those working at vendors, distributors and partners about their own experiences, as well as from management at these companies about what they are doing to support good mental health in the workplace.

We will ask:

  • How can we support good mental health across the channel?
  • What has been your experience?
  • Is enough being done? If not, what else can be done?
  • Have you seen any initiatives that work?
  • Has the last year changed the conversation around mental health?

2021 Monthly Features


Month Market Report #1 Market Report #2 Market Report #3 Supplements
January The cybersecurity opportunity (email, web, data, network, etc.) Selling in 2021 Vertical: channel in… public sector
February Call recording (including mobile recording) Alternative solutions: adding to your portfolio Diversity: why it matters
March Distribution: voice, data, mobile and more Conferencing solutions Vertical: channel in… retail Channel Profiles
April Cloud (direction based on input) Enterprise UC in the SME SIP trunks and phones
May Adding value with Microsoft 5G channel opportunities: do the use cases stack up? Vertical: channel in… healthcare
June Data and analytics: gaining an edge MSPs Mental health IP Telephony Guide
July The power of SD-WAN Reacting to change: the collision of UC and CC Vertical: channel in… finance and banking
August Hosted and cloud-based telephony Mobile World Congress Connectivity (including fibre, 4G and 5G)
September Collaboration Mergers and acquisitions: raising finance Vertical: channel in… education The road to full-fibre
October Billing services Mobile applications and their role in digital transformation Leasing and financing (including SaaS and DaaS)
November Call and contact centres IoT: new reseller opportunities Vertical: channel in… manufacturing and construction
December Preview of 2022 Provisioning portals Workplace of the future

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