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.

Worldwide popularity of GDPR on the rise

Worldwide popularity of GDPR on the rise

The first anniversary of a move by the European Union to impose a General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) arrives at the end of this week. GDPR was enacted to protect the digital rights of anyone doing business with a company...

/ May 21, 2019
Time to appreciate the thin line of cybersecurity defense maintained by MSPs

Time to appreciate the thin line of cybersecurity defense maintained by MSPs

One of the toughest, and often thankless, roles in all of IT is that of the managed security services provider (MSSP). Most MSSPs know cyberattacks tend to come in waves. Cybercriminals like to mix up their attack vectors to avoid...

/ May 17, 2019
Windows 10 migration crisis looms ahead

Windows 10 migration crisis looms ahead

IT organizations, as well as the managed service providers (MSPs) that support them, are now in a race against time, as Microsoft prepares to end free support for Windows 7. Microsoft expects to stop delivering security updates for Windows 7...

/ May 14, 2019 / 1 Comment
Rising tide of data privacy concerns bodes well for MSPs

Rising tide of data privacy concerns bodes well for MSPs

Data protection is increasingly becoming a board level issue, as the average consumer becomes more cognizant of how the data that organizations collect is being used and abused. On an almost daily basis, a company or organization is being forced...

/ May 9, 2019
National Hurricane Preparedness Week is upon us

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is upon us

Welcome to National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Declared by the National Weather Service in the United States, the goal is to encourage individuals and businesses alike to develop evacuation plans before major hurricanes hit this season. The Weather Company, an arm...

/ May 7, 2019
MSPs need to take note of AIOps momentum

MSPs need to take note of AIOps momentum

Like a lot of emerging technologies, the rise of AIOps is one of those IT trends that is about to sharply cut both ways for managed service providers (MSPs). While there’s some dispute as to where the line between automation...

/ May 2, 2019 / 1 Comment
MSPs need to throw a lifeline to IT teams drowning in data

MSPs need to throw a lifeline to IT teams drowning in data

Managed service providers (MSPs) might want to take note of the fact that most organizations today are drowning in data they are increasingly finding difficult to operationalize. A survey of 400 IT professionals published today by Ivanti, a provider of...

/ April 30, 2019
MSPs need to decide where to focus their cloud efforts

MSPs need to decide where to focus their cloud efforts

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft have pulled away from the rest of the cloud service provider pack. In terms of market share, Microsoft as witnessed by its most recent financial results is making gains to the increased consumption of...

/ April 25, 2019
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