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.

How COVID-19 pandemic will change managed services utterly

How COVID-19 pandemic will change managed services utterly

The market research firm Information Services Group (ISG) is forecasting that global spending on managed services will decline 7 percent for the full 2020 year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the current pause in spending by most...

/ April 22, 2020
MSPs must focus on modernizing business continuity plans

MSPs must focus on modernizing business continuity plans

By now it’s become apparent just how woefully inadequate the business continuity plans most organizations had in place, if they existed at all, were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most organizations assume a level of disruption that would last, at...

/ April 15, 2020
MSSPs need to strike careful economic balance

MSSPs need to strike careful economic balance

Justifying the value of cybersecurity has always been a challenge because managed service providers (MSPs) are trying to ascribe a cost to an event they hopefully prevented from occurring in the first place. In effect, defining the savings derived from...

/ April 8, 2020
Ten things MSPs should focus on to mitigate economic downturn caused by COVID-19

Ten things MSPs should focus on to mitigate economic downturn caused by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly driving a wave of economic disruption from which no managed services provider (MSP) will be immune. However, as organizations move to implement business continuity plans, many of them are turning to MSPs. In fact, there...

/ April 1, 2020
MSP community starts to circle the cybersecurity wagons

MSP community starts to circle the cybersecurity wagons

It appears the managed services provider (MSP) community may finally be coming to the conclusion that it’s time to come to each other’s mutual aid, rather than hanging separately. CompTIA has announced it will be assuming the leadership of a...

/ March 25, 2020
MSPs need to help clients update business continuity plans ASAP

MSPs need to help clients update business continuity plans ASAP

Managed service providers (MSPs) have a lot more to share than they realize when it comes to teaching organizations how to work remotely. Beyond providing secure connectivity, many MSPs tend to have large amounts of expertise in maintaining business continuity...

/ March 18, 2020
The best and worst of data protection times are upon MSPs

The best and worst of data protection times are upon MSPs

A survey of nearly 1,000 IT professionals published finds that when it comes to data protection, it is truly the best and worst of times. Conducted by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of Experian, a provider of IT services, the...

/ March 18, 2020
Coronavirus will drive organizations toward MSPs for remote computing expertise

Coronavirus will drive organizations toward MSPs for remote computing expertise

The global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is driving more employees to work from home. Meanwhile, many organizations are starting to discover just how unprepared they are to enable every employee to work outside the office. It’s one thing to...

/ March 11, 2020
The cloud opportunity for MSPs extends well into on-premises IT environments

The cloud opportunity for MSPs extends well into on-premises IT environments

There’s no doubt that the rate application workloads are moving into the public clouds is starting to accelerate. However, it is less clear what the biggest opportunities are for managed service providers (MSPs). There is money to be made by...

/ February 26, 2020
Survey identifies data protection as top service being delivered by third-parties

Survey identifies data protection as top service being delivered by third-parties

A survey of 110 IT decision-makers based in the U.S. suggests that the reliance on third-party IT services is starting to increase as IT becomes more complex. Conducted by US Signal, a provider of data center services, the survey finds...

/ February 20, 2020