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.

Diverse scope of IoT opportunity for MSPs ahead

Diverse scope of IoT opportunity for MSPs ahead

By now, it should be apparent to all managed service providers (MSPs) that the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a major opportunity to increase the size and scope of the portfolio of services they offer. Less clear,...

/ April 23, 2019
Sizing up the scope of the 5G networking opportunity for MSPs

Sizing up the scope of the 5G networking opportunity for MSPs

There’s a lot of buzz and excitement these days around 5G wireless networks. Over the next several years, the availability of more bandwidth will drive adoption of a variety of emerging use cases. These use cases will involve everything from...

/ April 18, 2019
Open source movement pushes limits of available IT expertise

Open source movement pushes limits of available IT expertise

The rate at which organizations are adopting open source software appears to be approaching a tipping point, in terms of the ability of internal IT teams to absorb it.

/ April 16, 2019
It is the best and worst of times to be an IT services provider

It is the best and worst of times to be an IT services provider

Every savvy solution provider knows that IT is, and always will be, in a perennial state of disruption. The only thing that ever really changes is the rate at which that disruption occurs.

/ April 11, 2019
MSPs need to find a way to embrace consumption model based on metering

MSPs need to find a way to embrace consumption model based on metering

The most profound impact the transition to cloud computing has arguably had is the shift away from treating IT as a capital expense. IT organizations are increasingly utilizing infrastructure thanks to a consumption model that allows them to treat IT...

/ April 9, 2019
Intel ushers in data centric era of computing

Intel ushers in data centric era of computing

This week, Intel launched a raft of new processor technologies. Due to this, the amount of data that will be coursing through IT environments at any given time is about to exponentially increase.

/ April 4, 2019
How MSPs can use investments in analytics as a customer litmus test

How MSPs can use investments in analytics as a customer litmus test

The strain that IT organizations are under as they try to support ever increasing amounts of data using antiquated IT infrastructure is starting to show. A survey of 230 IT professionals conducted by Syncsort, a provider of tools for managing...

/ April 2, 2019
MSPs need to embrace more agile approaches to managing IT

MSPs need to embrace more agile approaches to managing IT

A survey published this week by Google suggests that the rate of change in IT environments that managed service providers (MSPs) will need to absorb in the years ahead is about to significantly accelerate. The global survey of 1,100 business...

/ March 28, 2019
Cloud monitoring emerges as significant opportunity for MSPs

Cloud monitoring emerges as significant opportunity for MSPs

In an ideal world a managed service provider (MSP) would find themselves involved in the building and deploying of cloud applications every step of the way. However, the reality is many organizations are both building new cloud applications and lifting...

/ March 26, 2019
IT modernization initiatives begin to gain momentum

IT modernization initiatives begin to gain momentum

Most business and IT leaders intuitively understand that legacy IT applications and infrastructure make their organization less agile. That’s become a significant issue because most of them are also keenly aware of the need to embrace digital business transformation initiatives...

/ March 22, 2019