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 Intronis.

MSPs Start to Tap into the Gig Economy

MSPs Start to Tap into the Gig Economy

EY, formally known as Ernst & Young, like a lot of managed service providers (MSPs) is sorely pressed to find the IT professionals it needs to work on specific projects. All told, the provider of consulting, auditing, and managed services...

/ August 17, 2017
cloud migration projects
Competition for cloud migration projects to intensify

Competition for cloud migration projects to intensify

The intensity of the competition between managed service providers vying to win cloud migration projects is about to increase by several notches. At an AWS Summits event in New York this week, Amazon Web Services rolled out a free AWS...

/ August 15, 2017
Public clouds versus private clouds
Parity between private and public clouds is being achieved

Parity between private and public clouds is being achieved

There are many reasons why organizations opt for public clouds, but cost is becoming less of a factor. A new survey published by 451 Research on behalf of VMware shows that 41 percent of 150 IT decision-makers surveyed claimed to...

/ August 10, 2017
digital business transformation
Budget allocations for digital business transformation reach into the millions

Budget allocations for digital business transformation reach into the millions

With all the hype about digital business transformation, many managed service providers have doubts about how much funding is really being allocated to these projects. Conducted by the market research firm Vanson Bourne on behalf of Couchbase, a new survey...

/ August 8, 2017
chief data officer
Rise of the chief data officer should benefit MSPs

Rise of the chief data officer should benefit MSPs

There’s been talk lately about data becoming “the new oil” because it’s the most valuable commodity an organization can possess. The challenge is that just like oil most data only becomes truly valuable once it gets refined. A new report...

/ August 3, 2017
Backup and recovery safety net
New survey shows it’s time to put backup and recovery to the test

New survey shows it’s time to put backup and recovery to the test

For as long as anybody remembers, backup and recovery has been the number one application workload type predicted to move into the cloud. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a survey conducted by Barracuda Networks finds that just over...

/ August 1, 2017
Middleware in the cloud
Middleware starts to head for the cloud

Middleware starts to head for the cloud

For as long as there have been applications, the need to integrate them has driven demand for middleware spanning everything from connectors and application servers to messaging and enterprise service bus technologies. In fact, without those technologies the opportunities to...

/ July 27, 2017
mobile computing
Rise of mobile computing changes MSP game

Rise of mobile computing changes MSP game

When it comes to building and deploying mobile computing applications, most internal IT organizations are severely challenged. That’s becoming a major problem because custom mobile applications are at the forefront of any digital business initiative. In fact, a new survey...

/ July 25, 2017
IT security defense
MSPs need to sell the economics of mutual IT security defense

MSPs need to sell the economics of mutual IT security defense

When it comes to IT security defense, the most attractive thing about MSPs is that the cost of implementing security technologies becomes a shared expense. MSPs invest in all the technologies and labor needed to secure the IT environment, but...

/ July 20, 2017
artificial intelligence
Coming to terms with fear and loathing of artificial intelligence

Coming to terms with fear and loathing of artificial intelligence

By now most IT leaders have accepted that large swaths of the routine functions performed inside and outside of the IT department will soon be automated thanks to advances in artificial intelligence (AI) applications employing machine and deep learning algorithms....

/ July 18, 2017