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.

Survey Suggests IT Leaders Are in Need of a Lot More Help from MSPs

Survey Suggests IT Leaders Are in Need of a Lot More Help from MSPs

It appears that more IT projects than ever are being built on a foundation of wishful thinking. A survey of 650 IT decision makers published this week by MuleSoft, a provider of an application programming interface (API) management platform, discovers...

/ February 22, 2018
MSPs Need to Put Cloud Application Claims in Perspective

MSPs Need to Put Cloud Application Claims in Perspective

At an Oracle Modern Finance Experience event this past week Dr. Michael Mandel, senior fellow at the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School, forecasted that a total of $2 trillion will be added to U.S. Gross Domestic...

/ February 20, 2018
Research Suggests Many Services Providers Already on Brink of Extinction

Research Suggests Many Services Providers Already on Brink of Extinction

Most IT services providers are at various points along a IT transformation journey that is being driven by demand for more agility. Today a customer can fire up a virtual machine in a few minutes, but it can still take...

/ February 15, 2018
Alert fatigue takes a heavy toll on MSSPs

Alert fatigue takes a heavy toll on MSSPs

The average managed security service provider (MSSP) doesn’t want more tools. Their biggest issue arguably is that there are too many tools. Each piece of security hardware and software they deploy generates alerts concerning various security conditions. Most of the...

/ February 13, 2018
Modernization of healthcare IT creates major MSP opportunity

Modernization of healthcare IT creates major MSP opportunity

There’s not a lot of specifics available yet in terms of how a new alliance between Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway will lead to reduce healthcare costs for their employees. The assumption is that all three companies will...

/ February 8, 2018
Fast and furious advances in AI are now coming to MSPs

Fast and furious advances in AI are now coming to MSPs

Today, most IT workers can be forgiven for assuming that the complexity of the tasks involved means it’s unlikely advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are likely to impact them any time soon. But as managed service providers (MSPs) continue to...

/ February 6, 2018
cloud marketplaces
Survey finds little reliance on cloud marketplaces to acquire software and services

Survey finds little reliance on cloud marketplaces to acquire software and services

Most managed services providers also resell products, so how end customers acquire software still matters in the age of the cloud. In theory, most customers are downloading software from cloud marketplaces that the major public cloud providers have opened. But,...

/ February 1, 2018
external services providers
Relationship between internal IT and external services providers evolves rapidly

Relationship between internal IT and external services providers evolves rapidly

A survey of 1,000 senior IT leaders conducted by TEKsystems finds that more than a third (35 percent) plan to increase spending on IT outsourcing in 2018, a six-point increase over 2017. Nearly half (47 percent) also reported that spending on...

/ January 30, 2018
threat detection
Threat detection emerges as major opportunity for MSPs

Threat detection emerges as major opportunity for MSPs

Threat detection appears to be all the rage when it comes to IT security. Both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google are becoming much more focused on providing threat detection services. In the case of AWS, that means acquiring sqrll,...

/ January 25, 2018
public cloud competition
Battle for control of the public cloud intensifies

Battle for control of the public cloud intensifies

The fight for control over application workloads moving into the public cloud is starting to resemble a knock-down drag-out brawl. The catalyst for this conflict is the accelerated rate at which application workloads are moving into public clouds. A new...

/ January 23, 2018