CHANNEL CONFIDENCE SURVEY: Buoyant mood ebbs slightly among key players

Fourth quarter outlook not quite as hopeful as in 2013, according to annual poll

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CHANNEL CONFIDENCE SURVEY: Buoyant mood ebbs slightly among key players The Channel Confidence Survey quizzed regional channel stakeholders on the state of health of the Middle East IT marketplace.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 21, 2014

Middle East IT channel players are slightly less confident in fourth-quarter growth prospects than for the same period last year, a Channel Middle East survey reveals.

Channel Middle East, the region’s premier IT supply-chain magazine, today closed its fifth annual Channel Confidence Survey. The poll quizzed regional channel stakeholders (vendors, distributors, systems integrators, resellers and retailers) on the state of health of the Middle East IT marketplace and asked them to make some predictions for the coming year.

When asked “How confident are you that trading levels during Q4 will be stronger than the same period last year?” 85% expressed some level of confidence, compared with 86% last year. However, in the most recent poll, 51% described themselves as “very confident” compared with 49% last year.

The vast majority (81%) of survey participants represented either a vendor or a distributor. Some 86% of companies had offices in the UAE, 19% in Saudi Arabia, 15% in other GCC countries. A further 14% had operations in the Levant region and 11% in North Africa.

The full results of the Channel Middle East Channel Confidence Survey will be published on ITP.net this week. An in-depth report, including expert analysis will be featured in the October 2014 edition of Channel Middle East.

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