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.

DaaS market is finally coming of age

DaaS market is finally coming of age

It’s been a long time coming, but it appears that the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) method for managing IT is finally gaining significant traction. A report from Custom Market Insights values the DaaS market at $6.2 billion in 2023, with a compound...

/ August 22, 2023
MSSPs need to stage cybersecurity interventions

MSSPs need to stage cybersecurity interventions

A pair of reports conducted separately by Google and Cado Security make it clear that when it comes to cloud security, the biggest issues are mundane lapses that cybercriminals have learned to exploit easily. The Google report, for example, finds...

/ August 14, 2023
Biggest obstacle for MSSPs is customer overconfidence

Biggest obstacle for MSSPs is customer overconfidence

One of the biggest issues any managed security services provider (MSSP) regularly encounters is, despite all evidence to the contrary, many IT and cybersecurity professionals remain convinced they have all the tools and processes needed to secure their IT environments....

/ August 7, 2023
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PwC report highlights the need for managed services to evolve rapidly

PwC report highlights the need for managed services to evolve rapidly

PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwC) has published a report based on a survey of more than 2,000 business leaders that finds the top 20 percent of high-performing organizations in terms of profit margin, and revenue growth are 4.2 times more likely...

/ August 1, 2023
Hybrid clouds spark need for managed platform engineering services

Hybrid clouds spark need for managed platform engineering services

The latest public cloud services market report from International Data Corp. (IDC) finds that revenue grew 23 percent year over year to reach $545.8 billion in 2022. The bulk of those revenues were generated by software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms (45 percent),...

/ July 25, 2023
Lack of cloud expertise creates gaps for MSPs to fill

Lack of cloud expertise creates gaps for MSPs to fill

A survey of more than 900 technologists and leaders in the United States, Europe, Australia, and India conducted by Pluralsight, a provider of an online platform for learning IT skills, finds that nearly two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) are working...

/ July 11, 2023
Financial operations: a new managed service potential?

Financial operations: a new managed service potential?

For the past decade, developers have been given free rein to consume cloud resources. Still, as more organizations encounter economic headwinds, a larger percentage are embracing financial operations (FinOps) to rein in those costs. Mixed results from this are creating...

/ July 6, 2023
Survey shows strong need for external cloud expertise

Survey shows strong need for external cloud expertise

A global survey of 1,000 technology practitioners and decision-makers conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of HashiCorp finds 43 percent plan to work more strategically with systems integrators, resellers, and consultants, to better manage their cloud computing environments. There is...

/ June 28, 2023
MSPs and the next wave of cybersecurity AI solutions

MSPs and the next wave of cybersecurity AI solutions

While cybersecurity researchers tend to revel in discovering vulnerabilities, many of the ones that do get disclosed require cybercriminals to have extensive expertise to exploit. Most cybercriminals today remain focused on launching attacks that use tried and true techniques and...

/ June 19, 2023
Survey sheds light on SMB IT spending trends

Survey sheds light on SMB IT spending trends

A survey of 375 IT decision-makers within small-to-medium businesses in the U.S. suggests that planned investments in IT in 2023 are contracting slightly because of continuing economic headwinds. Conducted by Analysys Mason, a management consulting firm, the survey finds that...

/ June 14, 2023