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.

2024 MSP opportunity: Helping establish AI building-blocks

2024 MSP opportunity: Helping establish AI building-blocks

Just about every organization will be experimenting with artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming year. Many of them will quickly discover that operationalizing AI will require them to get their data management house in order. After all, no matter how...

/ December 28, 2023
AI is on track to transform managed services in 2024

AI is on track to transform managed services in 2024

Artificial intelligence is all the rage these days, but many managed service providers (MSPs) have been making use of it in some capacity for years. The main difference is with the rise of generative AI. It’s now becoming possible to...

/ December 20, 2023
Optimism for IT spending in 2024

Optimism for IT spending in 2024

A survey of 1,000 business leaders in North America and Western Europe conducted by Endava, a provider of managed services, finds a full 81 percent are optimistic about where the economy is heading, with 75 percent planning IT spending and...

/ December 14, 2023
Surge in IoT devices will generate MSP opportunities

Surge in IoT devices will generate MSP opportunities

There will be more than 490 million roaming connections for low-power Internet of Things (IoT) devices by 2028, according to a study published by Juniper Research. Today, there are approximately 90 million of these types of IoT devices. Juniper Research...

/ December 6, 2023
High demand for managed cloud services bodes well for MSPs

High demand for managed cloud services bodes well for MSPs

A survey of 500 IT decision-makers from North America, the United Kingdom, Benelux, and Australia finds that 93 percent plan to prioritize investing in cloud-managed services in the next 12 months, with respondents claiming cloud-managed services could increase productivity by...

/ November 28, 2023
Cybersecurity cutbacks require resilient MSPs

Cybersecurity cutbacks require resilient MSPs

As more organizations encounter economic headwinds, the rate at which cybersecurity budgets have been increasing is slowing down. A survey of 550 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) conducted by IANS Research and Artico Search finds cybersecurity budgets only increased an...

/ November 21, 2023
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The race to deliver managed generative AI services is on

The race to deliver managed generative AI services is on

While there is a massive amount of interest in all things relating to generative artificial intelligence (AI), the number of organizations that have the skills and resources required to fully exploit it remains limited. Under the hood of generative AI...

/ November 13, 2023
Globalization of IT talent starts to contract

Globalization of IT talent starts to contract

Not too long ago, more than a few managed service providers (MSPs) would hire IT talent anywhere they could find affordable resources. But in the current geopolitical climate, those options are severely constrained. The biggest impact has been the result...

/ November 7, 2023
MSSPs should uplevel cybersecurity conversations to board-level

MSSPs should uplevel cybersecurity conversations to board-level

A survey of 654 board of directors conducted by PwC finds well over a third (38 percent) of respondents have consulted third-party experts to increase efforts in becoming more aware of cybersecurity threats. In addition, nearly three-quarters (64 percent) have...

/ October 30, 2023
The acute phenomenon of the cybersecurity skills shortage

The acute phenomenon of the cybersecurity skills shortage

Despite ongoing efforts to train recruits, it doesn’t appear that the cybersecurity skills shortage is going to abate any time soon. A survey of 301 IT and cybersecurity professionals conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group, an arm of TechTarget, on behalf...

/ October 19, 2023