Category: Tech Insight

Tech Time Warp: AOHell was a long way from “You’ve got mail”

Tech Time Warp: AOHell was a long way from “You’ve got mail”

The speed of fiber Internet makes it easy to view the days of America Online with rose-colored glasses. Recalling the dulcet tones of the “You’ve got mail,” one tends to overlook the nefarious activities that occurred on AOL. It turns...

/ March 8, 2019
CompTIA survey finds IT spending trends among SMBs cut both ways for MSPs

CompTIA survey finds IT spending trends among SMBs cut both ways for MSPs

Not too long ago, it would have been safe for managed service providers to assume most small-to-medium business (SMBs) would be considered laggards in adopting new and emerging technologies. But a survey of 650 SMBs conducted by CompTIA, an IT...

/ March 7, 2019
IoT starts to emerge as major opportunity for MSPs

IoT starts to emerge as major opportunity for MSPs

The reality surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) may finally be starting to live up to the hype. A global survey of 1,758 businesses conducted by Vodafone finds that more than a third (34 percent) have implemented IoT, with 70...

/ March 5, 2019
Tech Time Warp: The story of Herman Hollerith, inventor of the punch card

Tech Time Warp: The story of Herman Hollerith, inventor of the punch card

A 5-inch floppy is a quaint relic today, but even it had a predecessor: the punch card. Invented by Herman Hollerith in 1887 to solve the problem of tabulating census data, punch cards were the standard for business accounting well...

/ March 1, 2019
A need to optimize cloud spending opens the door for MSPs

A need to optimize cloud spending opens the door for MSPs

The more business and IT leaders worry about cloud costs, the more relevant managed service providers become. As far as cloud spending is concerned, the level of financial oversight being applied by organizations is slim to none. In the name...

/ February 28, 2019
Opportunity for MSPs to plug 5G wireless networking gap emerges

Opportunity for MSPs to plug 5G wireless networking gap emerges

At the Mobile World Congress 2019 conference, many attendees are excited about everything related to next-generation 5G wireless networks. Not only do these networks promise to deliver several orders of magnitude of increased network bandwidth, but a wide range of...

/ February 26, 2019
Understanding the business value of augmented reality

Understanding the business value of augmented reality

When many folks think of augmented reality, they think of Pokemon Go, the game that captured the world’s attention when it came out in 2016. Augmented reality can be more than fun and games. It’s something that could help your...

/ February 26, 2019
You write it and no one reads it: Why are MSPs still manually documenting systems?

You write it and no one reads it: Why are MSPs still manually documenting systems?

When IT Managed Service Providers are being outspent on automation, something’s not right. After all, MSPs have had a long track record of successfully leveraging automation tools to keep hundreds and thousands of endpoint devices humming along. As technology has...

/ February 25, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

Tech Time Warp: Technology and the right to privacy

One of the great ironies of modern life: Technology has made life easier, but it’s also made life more complex. It’s great that location data has made the road atlas obsolete, but how much privacy can you reasonably expect when...

/ February 22, 2019
AI is just a tool to make you work smarter

AI is just a tool to make you work smarter

It’s common to think of artificial intelligence as something you either have or don’t. It’s often talked about in the kinds of terms associated with an “arms-race,” where one company or country is going to gain an upper hand over...

/ February 21, 2019