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.

Shift to the cloud creates additional IT complexities

Shift to the cloud creates additional IT complexities

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear that more applications will be moving into the cloud at a faster rate than ever. In general, organizations now have a much greater appreciation for IT flexibility and application resiliency. In...

/ July 8, 2020
Satisfaction cuts both ways in the post COVID-19 era

Satisfaction cuts both ways in the post COVID-19 era

If the COVID-19 pandemic has done anything from an IT perspective, it’s been to expose a lot of flawed IT processes, even among managed service providers (MSPs). A survey of 519 IT professionals published by ManageEngine, a provider of IT...

/ July 1, 2020
Accelerated shift to the cloud bodes well for MSPs

Accelerated shift to the cloud bodes well for MSPs

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, application workloads had been steadily migrating to the cloud for some time. However, what was once a steady flow now appears to have become a deluge. Now, this rapid transition is exposing significant shortcomings in...

/ June 24, 2020
MSPs need to adjust rapidly to the changing SD-WAN landscape

MSPs need to adjust rapidly to the changing SD-WAN landscape

The future of work in the wake of COVID-19 is most definitely hybrid. A survey of 600 IT decision makers published this week by Xerox finds that on average 82 percent of the workforce in organizations will have returned to...

/ June 17, 2020
Rise of DaaS has major implications for MSPs

Rise of DaaS has major implications for MSPs

While it may not be crystal clear how many employees might wind up permanently working from home, it’s apparent there will be a lot more than there were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, many IT leaders are reevaluating...

/ June 10, 2020
Gauging the breadth and depth of the work from home phenomenon

Gauging the breadth and depth of the work from home phenomenon

Many managed service providers (MSPs) are understandably anxious to better understand to what degree employees might be working from home for the foreseeable future, and to what degree that transition might create demand for their services.

/ June 3, 2020
Faster digital business transformation bodes well for MSPs

Faster digital business transformation bodes well for MSPs

A survey of 200 senior IT executives working at organizations with more than 2,500 employees conducted by IDG Research on behalf of Insight Enterprises, a provider of IT services, suggests there is a high correlation between organizations that have launched...

/ May 27, 2020
SMBs’ security vs. headcount decision creates MSP opportunity

SMBs’ security vs. headcount decision creates MSP opportunity

Business executives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are now wrestling with some critical decisions that are likely to define their relationships with managed service providers (MSPs) for many years to come. A survey of over 1,000 business decision...

/ May 20, 2020
Reliance on IT outsourcing to double in next 18 months

Reliance on IT outsourcing to double in next 18 months

A global survey of 1,250 business and IT leaders published by NTT finds the number of organizations that plan to outsource some aspect of IT environments in the next 18 months will double. According to the survey, 23 percent of...

/ May 13, 2020
MSPs need to focus on IT management consolidation

MSPs need to focus on IT management consolidation

The need to consolidate the management of IT has never been more acute. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic organizations of all sizes will be moving to reduce IT costs as much as possible. A survey of 1,300 IT...

/ May 6, 2020