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 Intronis.
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Ten tech trends IT service providers should be thankful for in 2015

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 25, 2015 12:30:00 PM

As Thanksgiving approaches it's a good time for IT service providers to take a step back and appreciate all the opportunities that come their way. While there is no doubt that being an IT services providers requires its own special brand of courage in the face of all kinds of technical challenges that need to be regularly overcome, for better or, occasionally worse,  IT as a whole continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Topics: IT trends

Salesforce creates ecosystem to be reckoned with in the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 24, 2015 1:07:17 PM

For IT service providers the yardstick used to measure whether they should invest in building a practice goes well beyond the amount of money a particular vendor generates in terms of net income and revenue. Case in point is Salesforce, which after some 14 years of effort seems to finally be hitting its financial stride.

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Assessing the impact of containers on IT operations

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 19, 2015 10:10:34 AM

Arguably one of the most transformative technologies to come down the pike this decade has been the rapid rise of container adoption—most notably in the form of Docker containers. The shift toward relying on containers as a means of isolating developers from the vagaries of underlying physical and virtual infrastructure is clearly a major IT phenomenon.

The flexibility that Docker containers provide developers is now generally appreciated, but the impact that containers will have on IT operations as more applications built using containers move into production is not.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Advice for IT service providers from the host of CNBC's The Profit

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 17, 2015 11:37:41 AM

Marcus Lemonis, the investor that hosts the highly rated show The Profit on CNBC, says IT service providers that want long-term success need to start focusing more on the people, processes, and products that define their business.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business

Digital economy drives integration opportunities for IT services providers

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Regardless of the hype about the rise of the digital economy, increased awareness of the strategic role IT plays in business is driving up the number of integration projects requiring external IT services expertise.

In fact, a new survey of 1,045 global organizations conducted by Telstra, a carrier based in Australia, finds that six in ten of them expect digital partnerships to account for at least one-tenth of their revenue in the next 12 months. In the U.S, that number soars to nearly a third (29%) that expect digital partnerships to drive 10 to 25 percent of their revenue in the next 12 months.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Converged systems set to transform the IT services landscape

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 10, 2015 9:53:41 AM

Regardless of how much systems inside data centers converge, the way they are managed will never be the same again. As a result, most IT service providers need to rethink how their IT infrastructure services are organized as we head into 2016.

A new report from Technology Business Research forecasts that the size of the converged systems market will grow from $11 billion in 2014 to $21 billion in 2019, representing a 15 percent compound annual growth rate.

That doesn’t mean traditional IT systems will disappear overnight. But it does mean that IT organizations are moving to a model where the management of compute, storage, and networking is increasingly unified.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

IoT security concerns start to raise their head

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 5, 2015 12:52:39 PM

Despite all the enthusiasm there seems to be for the Internet of Things (IoT) these days, security issues may soon prove to be the undoing of many IoT applications. In fact, a new study reports that not only are consumers concerned about IoT security issues, but a full 90 percent of developers don’t think these applications have the appropriate level of security in place.

For that reason, IT service providers would be well advised to take both a short and long view of IoT opportunities. There are plenty of scenarios where IoT projects on a limited scale can add significant value, but the bigger the IoT project becomes, the greater the attack surface that needs to be defended. Given how poorly well most organizations are doing in terms of securing their existing IT environments, much care needs to be applied to securely manage IoT environments at scale.

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Topics: IT Security, IoT

Transforming the delivery of network services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Nov 3, 2015 10:02:45 AM

After much gnashing of teeth about the merits of software-defined networks (SDNs) and network function virtualization (NFV) software, service providers are gearing up to deploy these technologies in production in 2016, and they expect their operating expenses to start decreasing significantly by the second year of deployment.

survey conducted by the market research firm HIS finds that 85 percent of service providers expect data center network operating expenses (OPEX) to decrease significantly, thanks mainly to the ability to manage networking across the data center at a higher levels of abstraction.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

The coming rise of managed IoT services

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 29, 2015 10:20:31 AM

Just about every aspect of IT lends itself to becoming a managed service in one form or another. But with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the types of applications that organizations are thinking about deploying are becoming more varied. The problem is that many organizations aren't sure which applications will prove valuable enough to the business to deploy at scale.

As a result, interest in managed IoT services is on the rise. For example, at the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference this week, Tata Consulting Services (TCS), in cooperation with Oracle, unveiled a white-label managed IoT service spanning eight applications that customers can deploy using their own branding.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, IoT

Desktop-as-a-Service finally set to cross the cloud chasm

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM

A new survey of IT service providers suggests that in the age of the cloud demand for desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) is finally set to take off.

The survey of more 500 service providers that use software from Citrix finds that 71 percent of them expect revenue growth in this service category in the coming year, and more than half (52 percent) expect that growth to range between 16 and 50 percent. Another 17 percent expect revenue growth to be over 50 percent.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

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