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.

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
Survey yields new insights regarding reliance on MSPs

Survey yields new insights regarding reliance on MSPs

A survey of more than 1,000 IT decision makers in North America and Europe published this week by Spiceworks Ziff-Davis forecasts managed services will account on average for 16 percent of the total IT budget in 2021, a single percentage...

/ September 16, 2020
MSPs need to know where WFH hurts most

MSPs need to know where WFH hurts most

Most managed service providers (MSPs) recognize by now that for the foreseeable future, many of their customers’ employees will be working from home more frequently in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The issue MSPs are interested in now is...

/ September 9, 2020
Race to deliver remote network services at scale is on

Race to deliver remote network services at scale is on

Most managed services revolve around the end point. So any time there is a change to the way PCs and mobile computing devices are employed, the average managed service provider (MSP) will be profoundly impacted. Nothing has made that fundamental...

/ September 2, 2020
Enterprise IT organizations to rely more than ever on MSPs

Enterprise IT organizations to rely more than ever on MSPs

If there ever was a notion that managed IT services were just for small businesses, it is certainly not the case now. In fact, more than three quarters of 100 IT directors (78 percent) working at companies with at least...

/ August 26, 2020
Widespread cloud configuration issues create opportunity for MSPs

Widespread cloud configuration issues create opportunity for MSPs

The crux of the problem with cloud security has very little to do with the platforms on which applications are deployed. The real issue is the amount of cybersecurity expertise the people deploying cloud applications don’t have. Most cloud applications...

/ August 19, 2020
Digital business initiatives spur demand for data management expertise

Digital business initiatives spur demand for data management expertise

Many organizations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have been accelerating their digital business transformation initiatives as part of an effort to continue operating at a time when it’s often not easy to  engage in person. The challenge those...

/ August 12, 2020