Category: Tech Insight

Tech Time Warp: RSA doesn’t stand for really secure authentication (but it should)

Tech Time Warp: RSA doesn’t stand for really secure authentication (but it should)

The encryption algorithm frequently used to make online shopping sprees secure celebrates two anniversaries this week — the issuing of its patent (Sept. 20, 1983) and the expiration of said patent 17 years later.

/ September 21, 2018
CompTIA’s Emerging Technology List is all about the Benjamins

CompTIA’s Emerging Technology List is all about the Benjamins

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been identified as the top emerging opportunity for the channel by a community of solution providers set up by CompTIA, a non-profit industry association that focuses on emerging technologies. 

/ September 20, 2018
MSPs need to promote more creative approaches to funding IT projects

MSPs need to promote more creative approaches to funding IT projects

With overall IT spending in many cases expected to be flat in 2019 managed service providers (MSPs) will need to find more creative ways to free up funding within IT budgets that all too often are not allocated in an...

/ September 18, 2018
Tech Time Warp: The history of WYSIWYG

Tech Time Warp: The history of WYSIWYG

This week marks the 70th birthday of Charles Simonyi, the Hungarian-born software executive behind Microsoft Office and Excel. Born on September 10, 1948, Simonyi is also responsible for an innovation the modern computer user might take for granted: WYSIWYG word...

/ September 14, 2018
IT spending forecast for 2019 predicts stronger headwinds for MSPs

IT spending forecast for 2019 predicts stronger headwinds for MSPs

According to a survey of 780 IT decision makers in North America and Europe conducted by Spiceworks, a provider of IT management tools, IT headwinds appear to be growing stronger. The survey data suggests that MSPs may need to focus...

/ September 13, 2018
BYOD: The good and the bad

BYOD: The good and the bad

“As long as a smartphone is allowed into an organization, there is no way of controlling how an employee uses the technology.” – Dr. Matthew Warren Smarter MSP recently looked at some of the security concerns inherent with BYOD (Bring...

/ September 12, 2018
MSPs have much at stake as SD-WAN wars heat up

MSPs have much at stake as SD-WAN wars heat up

Software-defined wide area networking has emerged as one of the fastest growing and hotly contested segments in all of IT. In fact, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger at the recent VMworld 2018 conference noted that NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud is the...

/ September 6, 2018
MSPs need to look to the future of managed services now more than ever

MSPs need to look to the future of managed services now more than ever

The rate at which routine functions are automated, such as delivering patch updates is about to accelerate considerably. While that may sound like an advance that will benefit managed service providers (MSPs), it turns out that the automation of those functions...

/ September 4, 2018
Tech Time Warp: Miss Manners Tackles Computer Etiquette

Tech Time Warp: Miss Manners Tackles Computer Etiquette

You know that writing in all caps equates to shouting online, and that emoticons in professional emails are a no-no, but did you know that Miss Manners has been doling out computer etiquette for almost 40 years? On Aug. 26,...

/ August 31, 2018
Report details scope of network management challenges faced by MSPs

Report details scope of network management challenges faced by MSPs

A report published this week by Auvik Networks finds more than three-quarters of managed service providers (MSPs) manage four or more network vendors across their client base. A third of MSPs are managing equipment from six to ten networking and...

/ August 30, 2018