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.

IT spending shows signs of recovery going into 2021

IT spending shows signs of recovery going into 2021

CompTIA has published its annual report for the IT industry, which suggests that spending on IT is starting to return to historic levels. The CompTIA report, in fact, cites data from International Data Corp (IDC)  projecting that global IT revenue...

/ November 25, 2020
Digital business transformation creates need for MSP speed

Digital business transformation creates need for MSP speed

The more organizations that start to appreciate just how dependent they are on data to drive digital business transformation initiatives the more apparent it’s become how difficult it is to manage data. A survey of 200 IT, data science, and...

/ November 18, 2020
Digital business transformation investments bode well for MSPs

Digital business transformation investments bode well for MSPs

There no getting away from the fact that today is one of the most challenging economic times in modern history. Hanging in the balance, of course, is the amount of stimulus that might be injected into the economy as the number...

/ November 11, 2020
Survey uncovers data reliability opportunity for MSPs

Survey uncovers data reliability opportunity for MSPs

Digital business transformation is all the rage these days in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily because organizations realize it may still be months before they are able to engage physically with either end customers or suppliers. Projects that...

/ November 4, 2020
Survey identifies WAN’s biggest pain points

Survey identifies WAN’s biggest pain points

A survey of 414 IT professionals published this week by Telia Carrier by Savanta finds security is a top pain point when it comes to wide area networks (WANs). 55 percent listed this as their main concern, followed by service flexibility (43...

/ October 28, 2020
Survey unveils edge computing opportunity for MSPs

Survey unveils edge computing opportunity for MSPs

A global survey of 1,652 individuals from a broad set of industries and organizations published this week by Eclipse Foundation, a consortium that promotes adoption of open source tools and platforms, shows the level of diversity among edge computing platforms...

/ October 21, 2020
Managed compliance services put money in the MSP bank

Managed compliance services put money in the MSP bank

A survey of 300 IT security professionals published this week by Telos Corp., a provider of IT services, finds organizations on average comply with 13 different IT security and/or privacy regulations and spend $3.5M annually on compliance activities. Over the...

/ October 14, 2020
Organizations need WFH help from MSPs now more than ever

Organizations need WFH help from MSPs now more than ever

Many organizations are just now starting to come to terms with the inherent challenges with supporting employees as an anticipated second wave of COVID-19 infections appears to be all but inevitable. A survey of more than 100 C-level executives and...

/ October 7, 2020 / 1 Comment
VMware comes of age in the cloud

VMware comes of age in the cloud

It may have taken awhile, but it appears VMware has finally achieved a level of critical mass in cloud. At the online VMworld 2020 conference this week, VMware revealed more than 160,000 end customers are now running more than 15...

/ September 30, 2020
Cloud skills gap widens as demand for expertise skyrockets

Cloud skills gap widens as demand for expertise skyrockets

A State of Cloud Learning report published by A Cloud Guru, a provider of training services, suggests the rate at which organizations want to move application workloads to the cloud is exceeding the abilities of their internal IT teams. More...

/ September 23, 2020