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.

digital assistants
Digital assistants to become pervasive in 2018

Digital assistants to become pervasive in 2018

The one thing made clear this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is that digital assistants will soon be everywhere. Google, for example, used to the conference to showcase how Google Assistant with challenge rival digital assistant software from...

/ January 9, 2018
digital business transformation
Digital business transformation emerges as top concern for business leaders

Digital business transformation emerges as top concern for business leaders

The most important thing any managed service provider needs to understand when wooing a new client is their state of mind. Not every customer has the same priorities. But, a recent survey of 728 business executives and board members conducted...

/ January 4, 2018
GDPR Rights
Awareness of GDPR rights builds slowly in the EU

Awareness of GDPR rights builds slowly in the EU

The first major issue many IT organizations will confront in the new year is the need to comply with the General Data Protection Rule (GDPR) that goes into effect in the European Union (EU) in 142 days. Scheduled to go into...

/ January 2, 2018
Big Data Analytics
Big Data analytics platforms in the cloud see wider adoption

Big Data analytics platforms in the cloud see wider adoption

A new report from Dresner Advisory Services suggests that managed Big Data analytics platforms based on instances of Hadoop delivered via the cloud gained significant traction in 2017. The research firm’s 2017 Big Data Analytics Market Study finds that instances of Hadoop...

/ December 28, 2017
VoIP
Transition to VoIP solutions has some hang-ups to overcome

Transition to VoIP solutions has some hang-ups to overcome

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) is at the root of many of the more advanced communications and collaboration applications that have been deployed in the past year. But a survey conducted jointly by Spiceworks and CenturyLink suggests there is plenty of room for...

/ December 26, 2017
revenue growth rates
Revenue growth rates rise sharply in 2017 across all classes of clouds

Revenue growth rates rise sharply in 2017 across all classes of clouds

They say a flood lifts all boats, but given the revenue growth rates across the entire cloud computing sector, something more akin to a tsunami is occurring. A report issued this week by Jeffries, an investment banking firm, says the...

/ December 21, 2017
digital business transformation
Digital business transformation expectations likely to lead to high turnover

Digital business transformation expectations likely to lead to high turnover

Most IT leaders today are being asked by to perform a magic trick. On the one hand, they are being tasked with driving IT that will help materially reinvent the business, also known as digital business transformation. At the same...

/ December 19, 2017
IT labor costs
Spiceworks report finds IT labor costs likely to rise in 2018

Spiceworks report finds IT labor costs likely to rise in 2018

The single biggest expense when it comes to managing IT is IT labor costs. So, when the salaries of IT professionals start to increase it has positive and negative implications for managed service providers. A 2018 IT Career Outlook survey...

/ December 14, 2017
multi-cloud computing
Study finds mastering multi-cloud computing is difficult

Study finds mastering multi-cloud computing is difficult

A funny thing happened on the way to the cloud. IT became more difficult to manage. Most IT organizations today either already are or soon will be trying to manage multiple clouds, primarily for one of two reasons. The first...

/ December 12, 2017 / 2 Comments
Containers
Shift to microservices architectures based on containers is on now

Shift to microservices architectures based on containers is on now

Emerging technologies tend to be double-edge swords for managed services providers. They typically create new opportunities for MSPs, but often at the expense of existing revenue streams. The rise of Docker containers along with the Kubernetes orchestration platform employed to...

/ December 7, 2017