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.

SMB
SMBs are relying more on data to drive decisions

SMBs are relying more on data to drive decisions

A global survey of 2,362 executives working for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) suggests there is a much greater appreciation for the value of data among organizations that have historically tended not to invest as heavily in tools and platforms...

/ June 11, 2024
MSP opportunities
Rising levels of technical debt create opportunities for MSPs

Rising levels of technical debt create opportunities for MSPs

Technical debt is defined by fixes to known software issues that have not been addressed. And it is reaching an unsustainable level. A survey of more than 1,000 U.S.-based architecture, development, and engineering leaders and practitioners finds more than three-quarters...

/ May 28, 2024
cloud services
Cloud optimization continues to be an MSP opportunity

Cloud optimization continues to be an MSP opportunity

A new report finds more than half of the organizations on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud do not use cloud optimization tools such as Saving Plans or Reserved Instances. ProsperOps, a cloud cost optimization provider, conducted an analysis of AWS...

/ May 23, 2024
AI IT
IT service providers expect efficiency boost with generative AI

IT service providers expect efficiency boost with generative AI

Most managed service providers (MSPs) offer varying degrees of professional services to help organizations. An example of this would be launching a new IT initiative that can be a highly profitable source of revenue. However, competition for the expertise needed...

/ May 14, 2024
AI MSSPs
AI adoption creates additional cybersecurity opportunities for MSSPs

AI adoption creates additional cybersecurity opportunities for MSSPs

The adoption of generative artificial intelligence (AI) by organizations continues to rise. Therefore, there is a strong need to make sure the data being shared with these platforms is secure. The National Security Agency (NSA), in collaboration with multiple security...

/ May 6, 2024
Survey sees an increase in MSP IT spending

Survey sees an increase in MSP IT spending

While no one knows for certain what percentage of the trillions of dollars spent on IT might be accounted for by managed service providers (MSPs), recent research suggests MSP IT spending is growing at a significant rate. A survey of...

/ April 29, 2024
cloud service market
Forecasts are in: Managed cloud services market to rise

Forecasts are in: Managed cloud services market to rise

A market forecast report, published by Meticulous Research, shows the global managed cloud services market is projected to grow 14.2 percent on a compound annual basis to reach $247.5 billion in revenue by 2030. According to the report, much of...

/ April 22, 2024
Survey: Demand for cloud cost control expertise is on the rise

Survey: Demand for cloud cost control expertise is on the rise

The volume of applications deployed in the cloud continues to increase steadily. More organizations are looking to contain costs but are finding they lack the skills and expertise needed. A survey of over 400 cloud and data decision-makers conducted by...

/ April 17, 2024
data engineering
A once-in-a-decade MSP opportunity: Managed data engineering

A once-in-a-decade MSP opportunity: Managed data engineering

As more organizations seek to operationalize artificial intelligence (AI), they are encountering data management challenges. These challenges are presenting new opportunities for managed service providers (MSPs). A survey of 550 IT and business professionals across the U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland,...

/ April 9, 2024
How MSPs help organizations conquer IT innovation challenges

How MSPs help organizations conquer IT innovation challenges

For the longest time, business executives have complained about the inability of IT teams to keep pace with evolving business needs. Now, the proverbial shoe may be on the other foot. A survey of over 1,000 senior executives at U.S....

/ April 3, 2024