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.

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
MSPs should prepare now for the ‘new normal’

MSPs should prepare now for the ‘new normal’

A survey of 305 finance leaders in the U.S. published this week by PwC offers some indication as to what degree working from home is about to become the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly half...

/ April 29, 2020
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