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.

Disgruntled remote workers create opportunities for MSPs

Disgruntled remote workers create opportunities for MSPs

It’s not uncommon for managed service providers (MSPs) to find themselves trying to navigate widely divergent perceptions of how well IT services are being delivered, and the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have pushed various camps within organizations to even further...

/ January 20, 2021
Demand for managed services shows signs of recovery

Demand for managed services shows signs of recovery

A report published this week by the technology research and advisory firm Information Services Group (ISG) shows global demand for managed services began to recover in the fourth quarter of 2020. In that quarter, annual contract value for managed services...

/ January 13, 2021
MSPs enter 2021 holding their own

MSPs enter 2021 holding their own

A single-digit increase in the percentage of IT budgets being allocated to managed services in 2021 may give managed service providers (MSPs) cause for concern, but within the context of larger IT spending patterns it would appear MSPs are holding...

/ January 6, 2021
Managed SaaSOps to become a factor in 2021

Managed SaaSOps to become a factor in 2021

While there’s no doubt organizations of all sizes are relying more on the cloud than ever, the shift toward software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications has become especially pronounced. Organizations may be building and deploying more applications on public clouds in the months...

/ December 30, 2020
Loyalty to cloud service providers starts to decline

Loyalty to cloud service providers starts to decline

One of issues that managed service providers (MSPs) encountered with greater frequency in that last year has been the increasing lack of differentiation between cloud service providers. Every time a cloud service provider adds a new capability, others quickly follow...

/ December 23, 2020
Cybersecurity service providers need to band together

Cybersecurity service providers need to band together

Managed security service providers (MSSPs) along with global systems integrators that focus on security have a unique marketing and sales challenge. A recent global survey of 2,404 business decision makers conducted by B2B International on behalf of STANLEY Security, a...

/ December 16, 2020
AWS Channel Chief sees evolving relationships with MSPs

AWS Channel Chief sees evolving relationships with MSPs

If a three week online AWS re:Invent conference leaves managed service provider (MSPs) with any impression at all, it’s that the relationship with the world’s largest provider of cloud services is continually evolving. In the last week and half alone,...

/ December 9, 2020
Reviews of cloud deployments drive optimization opportunities

Reviews of cloud deployments drive optimization opportunities

Not surprisingly, most IT organizations are paying a lot more attention these days to cloud optimization in the wake of the economic downturn driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. While much of that focus may initially begin with the goal of...

/ December 2, 2020
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