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.

Compliance mandates provide a boon to MSPs

Compliance mandates provide a boon to MSPs

Most business executives are not especially fond of regulations. However, it turns out the need to comply with a myriad of regulations has been something of a boon to managed service providers (MSPs). A survey of 50 MSPs conducted by...

/ February 12, 2020
Cybersecurity attacks on MSPs begin to shake customer confidence

Cybersecurity attacks on MSPs begin to shake customer confidence

The interest in managed security services is on the rise. However, it turns out that it’s not only becoming more difficult to deliver those services, customers of managed security service providers (MSSPs) are also becoming less satisfied. Dark Cubed, a...

/ February 5, 2020
Talent crunch gets tighter as IT salaries rose sharply in 2019

Talent crunch gets tighter as IT salaries rose sharply in 2019

Most IT service providers are competing against much larger organizations for a very finite amount of IT talent. The trouble is finding and retaining IT talent keeps getting more expensive. The annual free global survey of 12,200 IT professionals published...

/ January 29, 2020
Reliance on managed security services will increase in 2020

Reliance on managed security services will increase in 2020

A survey of 1,536 cybersecurity professionals suggests that 2020 will prove to be a big year in terms of managed security services adoption. The report, published by Cynet, a provider of a platform for managing data breaches, finds that the...

/ January 22, 2020
Hybrid cloud computing comes to MSPs

Hybrid cloud computing comes to MSPs

By now, it’s apparent that no single provider of cloud services is likely to dominate the market any time soon. A recent survey of 100 IT executives at Global 2000 companies conducted by Goldman Sachs finds slightly more organizations are...

/ January 15, 2020
Service for tracking products specifically employed by MSPs enters beta

Service for tracking products specifically employed by MSPs enters beta

While there is no shortage of online sites that compare products for end users, the number of sites that provide a similar service for managed service providers (MSPs) has been comparatively slight. MSP Navigator is now beta testing a namesake...

/ January 9, 2020
Identity access management emerges as major opportunity for MSPs in 2020

Identity access management emerges as major opportunity for MSPs in 2020

Managed service providers (MSPs) are keeping an eye out for any opportunity to expand the portfolio of services they offer. The challenge is determining what pain point affects a broad enough range of customers to financially sustain a practice. At...

/ January 7, 2020
MSPs need to get business leaders more involved in cybersecurity decisions

MSPs need to get business leaders more involved in cybersecurity decisions

Managed service providers (MSPs) have been benefiting from increased spending on security software and services throughout the past year. However, while industry analysts report that spending on security has, on average, increased by 9 percent on a year-over-year basis, a...

/ January 2, 2020
MSPs need to get closer to customers in 2020

MSPs need to get closer to customers in 2020

This time of year, most managed service providers (MSPs) are trying to discern what issues are top of mind for their customers as they gear up to head into the New Year. A recent survey of 500 IT professionals conducted...

/ December 18, 2019
Edge computing consortiums start to multiply to the benefit of MSPs

Edge computing consortiums start to multiply to the benefit of MSPs

When vendors band together to promote the adoption of a standard via a consortium, it’s usually a sign that it will benefit managed service providers (MSPs). At the Edge Computing World Conference this week, the Eclipse Foundation, which now oversees...

/ December 12, 2019