Feels Like the First Time
It’s my pleasure to write this letter in our February 2019 issue for several reasons, some of which are “firsts” for The Cannata Report.
This month, we are excited to publish our first ever Security themed issue. In our year-end Cannata WatchList 2019 issue, we highlighted trends to watch in the coming year, including the proliferation of data and the expanding access to it from so many different devices. As data becomes increasingly essential, data theft is an inevitability that all businesses must guard against. And simply storing data in the cloud isn’t enough. More and more, we are seeing dealers make data security a prominent part of their business offerings, particularly those in managed IT. We think the industry is just scratching the surface of what the future holds in this vital area.
Physical security is another sector dealers are exploring, and we will be examining that in this issue and in the months to come.
With four security-focused articles featured this month, we hope to provide you with a deeper understanding of how others in the industry are addressing these issues, and how your business can participate in protecting your customers’ data, premises, and employees.
Another first is me writing to you in my new role as president and CEO of The Cannata Report. It’s daunting to assume this position no matter what business or industry. Added to that, it’s a challenge to succeed the founder of a business, not to mention your father. When you factor in succeeding a man who is widely regarded as an icon in the industry we serve, well, what can I say? I have a challenge ahead of me.
But it’s the challenge that has me excited about my new role, just as the challenges that lie ahead for our industry have me energized.
We remain dedicated to staying ahead of the evolving dynamics of our industry with content that helps dealers explore new and relevant opportunities. Our immediate plans include increasing the breadth and scope of our content with recurring columns, focusing on domestic and international economic and business issues and how those issues will impact our industry, including, most importantly, dealers.
Thank you to the many friends and colleagues who have encouraged me, challenged me, and believed in me throughout the years as I’ve prepared for this new role. A big thank you to The Cannata Report Advisory Board members for their continued support and guidance. And of course, I want to especially thank the entire team at The Cannata Report for their dedication and passion.
And, of course, I have to thank my parents, Carol and Frank Cannata, for so many things””there isn’t enough space in this entire issue for me to write it all down. They have always encouraged me to stay open-minded, apply myself, see the world, and live my life on my own terms. For that, I am eternally grateful to the best parents anyone could ever have.
This is a privilege and an honor.
President and CEO
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