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.

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
Demand for managed cloud services continues to grow

Demand for managed cloud services continues to grow

The managed cloud services market is forecasted to reach $60.7 billion in revenue by 2027 after growing at a 12 percent compound annual rate. The bulk of those managed services are naturally going to be provided by the cloud service...

/ October 11, 2023
MSPs must place training bets carefully

MSPs must place training bets carefully

There has always been a fine line between when an emerging IT platform creates enough demand for managed services and when it essentially becomes a commodity that most internal IT teams can manage on their own. Timing that transition is...

/ October 3, 2023
Current IT monitoring approaches lead to MSP opportunity

Current IT monitoring approaches lead to MSP opportunity

As environments become more complex, the level of satisfaction with existing approaches to IT monitoring is declining. A survey of 500 IT leaders conducted by Method Research on behalf of LogicMonitor finds nearly half of respondents (46 percent) have negative...

/ September 25, 2023
Digital business transformation plays to the strength of MSPs

Digital business transformation plays to the strength of MSPs

The meaning of digital business transformation has always been in the eye of the beholder. Still, managed service providers (MSPs) should take note of the significant shift towards a greater emphasis on making organizations more resilient and efficient. A survey...

/ September 18, 2023
Hybrid cloud automation creates MSP opportunity

Hybrid cloud automation creates MSP opportunity

IT teams are starting to conclude that cloud automation has become too much of a good thing. A global survey of 535 IT leaders conducted by Broadcom finds that more than 81 percent have multiple cloud automation solutions in place,...

/ September 13, 2023
CISA looks to rally RMM community to improve MSP security

CISA looks to rally RMM community to improve MSP security

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is now focusing on fixing systematic risks in the remote monitoring and management (RMM) tools that most managed service providers (MSPs) employ. The agency, as part of a Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative...

/ September 6, 2023
AI drives the need for managed cybersecurity resiliency services

AI drives the need for managed cybersecurity resiliency services

It is becoming more apparent that phishing attacks that compromise credentials are linked to the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). These attacks will only increase in volume and sophistication, and more organizations must focus on limiting the scope of damage...

/ August 29, 2023