Mike Vizard

All posts by Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard has covered IT for more than 25 years, and has edited or contributed to a number of tech publications including InfoWorld, eWeek, CRN, Baseline, ComputerWorld, TMCNet, and Digital Review. He currently blogs for IT Business Edge and contributes to CIOinsight, The Channel Insider, Programmableweb and Slashdot. Mike blogs about emerging cloud technology for Smarter MSP.

cybersecurity training
Increased demand for cybersecurity training is a gap MSPs should fill

Increased demand for cybersecurity training is a gap MSPs should fill

Just about everybody agrees end-user training is the best defense against spear phishing and other types of cybersecurity attacks that rely on social engineering. The trouble is finding someone to provide that training at a time when cybersecurity professionals are...

/ June 21, 2018
DataOps
DataOps is emerging as next big opportunity for MSPs

DataOps is emerging as next big opportunity for MSPs

Coupled with rising interest in artificial intelligence (AI), the need to derive business value from data is driving organizations to create data operations (DataOps) functions that should create additional opportunities for managed service providers. A survey of 266 data professionals...

/ June 19, 2018
GDPR to Force Long Overdue Data Management Conversation

GDPR to Force Long Overdue Data Management Conversation

One of the more intriguing aspects of the General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) implemented by the European Union is that organizations are required to appoint a chief data protection officer. That person doesn’t necessarily need to have that formal title....

/ June 14, 2018
Resistance to cloud computing comes to an end

Resistance to cloud computing comes to an end

It’s been a long time coming, but a new survey suggests resistance to cloud computing has now all but fallen. A survey of 1,554 IT professionals and C-level executives conducted by EvolveIP, a provider of cloud services, finds that 92...

/ June 12, 2018
cybersecurity pressures
Mounting cybersecurity pressures taking a toll on internal IT

Mounting cybersecurity pressures taking a toll on internal IT

The single biggest impediment to any organization deciding to embrace managed security services is often the pride of the internal IT organization. Many IT professionals view having to rely on external help as a sign of weakness. That can be...

/ June 7, 2018
cybersecurity skills
Lack of cybersecurity skills, fear of reputation damage drive more reliance on MSPs

Lack of cybersecurity skills, fear of reputation damage drive more reliance on MSPs

Most organizations today are well aware of the potential risks associated with cyber security. But not all those risks are of equal weight. A global survey of 1,800 business decision-makers conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of NTT Security, a...

/ June 5, 2018
AI data management
AI pioneers are struggling with data management

AI pioneers are struggling with data management

As interest in artificial intelligence (AI) continues to increase rapidly, they say data is the new oil. The machine and deep learning algorithms that drive AI applications require access to massive amounts of data to work. A new survey of...

/ May 31, 2018
cloud computing confusion
Confusion and complexity reign in the age of the cloud

Confusion and complexity reign in the age of the cloud

Most of the focus for the past few years has been on making the transition to the cloud. As it turns out, though, many IT organizations are experiencing significant challenges once they get there. The top one is, of course,...

/ May 29, 2018
How cloud computing creates a need for service providers to transform

How cloud computing creates a need for service providers to transform

The shift to cloud computing is starting to have a profound impact on how and where IT service providers are setting up operations centers. Historically, many IT service providers would either build their own data centers or employ infrastructure they...

/ May 24, 2018
digital business transformation
Digital business transformation creates data management opportunities for MSPs

Digital business transformation creates data management opportunities for MSPs

A lot of hype has been generated about the need to turn data into a strategic business asset as part of a digital business transformation. But, it turns out that the biggest impediment to realizing that vision is reliance on...

/ May 22, 2018