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June 17, 2024 11 mins

Host Dave Sobel discusses key trends and developments in the IT market. The episode highlights the cooling inflation in the U.S., with the Consumer Price Index remaining unchanged for the second consecutive month. Despite concerns such as rental prices and geopolitical factors, the IT market is projected to grow, driven by artificial intelligence and other catalysts. CEOs are recognizing the need for business model changes to stay competitive, with a focus on AI adoption and reinvention initiatives.

Small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly relying on resellers and service providers to support their artificial intelligence projects, facing challenges such as infrastructure limitations and security risks. The podcast also delves into the evolving landscape of the channel industry, with trends like cybersecurity, millennial buyer behavior, and the rise of marketplaces shaping the future. The importance of understanding these trends and adapting services to include enhanced security measures is emphasized for IT service providers.

The episode further explores the impact of private equity firms buying out poorly performing IPOs, offering opportunities for shareholders and CEOs. Small businesses are shown to be increasingly concerned about payment fraud and cybersecurity threats, necessitating the dedication of resources to prevent unauthorized transactions and attacks. Additionally, the real estate market presents opportunities for new businesses to secure commercial spaces at discounted prices, potentially requiring IT infrastructure setup and cybersecurity measures for tenants moving into vacant spaces.

Microsoft's handling of reported security flaws and the subsequent criticism regarding the SolarWinds attack are discussed in detail. The company faced questioning from the House Homeland Security Committee, leading to a shift in prioritizing security over artificial intelligence. Microsoft's decision to tie executive bonuses to security performance aims to drive significant culture changes toward security and ensure buy-in from business leaders. The importance of transparency, proactive security measures, and timely communication in maintaining trust with clients is highlighted for IT providers.

 

Three things to know today

 

00:00 IT Market on the Rise: Cooling Inflation and AI Drive Positive Projections for 2024

04:15 Rising Payment Fraud Concerns Among Small Businesses: KeyBank’s 2024 Survey Findings

06:27 ProPublica Report: Microsoft Ignored Warnings About Critical Vulnerability Exploited in SolarWinds Attack

 

 

 

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