New Year’s solutions: Is it time to give your PC business a health check?

January is typically a time when people race to the gym – so why not make sure your business is fighting fit as well.

It can be tricky keeping sales strong in the New Year period, especially after the Christmas rush and the buzz of Black Friday (see page seven in our new issue to find out how popular it was in 2015).

So if coming back to work gives you a serious dose of the New Year blues, it might be an ideal time to step back, take a look at what worked well for you last year and what didn’t. Maybe try a few new things to gain additional revenues.

One sector continuing to grow is the cloud. Not all independent PC retailers or service companies have embraced it, but there’s no doubting the potential in this area, as more and more SMBs turn to managed services and cloud storage. In the channel, Entatech is launching its first white label cloud offering and service providers are making more money from monthly recurring revenues.

Our special cloud feature in the January issue explores the market and its various services, and looks at the arguments for and against moving into this sector. There are also some expert opinions and comment and a sector guide looking at cloud storage and software.

We also take a look back on the biggest moments of 2015, which should give you an idea of the trends and opportunities heading our way this year. In terms of our other features this month, our tech distributor Q&A special is a personal favourite of mine.

We gathered some senior execs at PCR Boot Camp North to talk about your burning issues; our panel was open and honest (a certain Mr Alex Tatham was brutally honest, which made for an interesting debate).

Here’s to a prosperous 2016 for you and your business.

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