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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MSPs need to distinguish between politics and economics of compliance

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 11, 2016 11:00:44 AM

Now that primary season is officially upon us, the usual bombast concerning the number of regulations being enforced by the Federal government is sure to be a hot button issue. But no matter how anyone working at a managed service provider (MSP) may personally feel about those regulations, there’s no denying they're good for business.

Whether it’s the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or the Dodd-Frank Act, organizations of all sizes are being required to manage data much more responsibly and aggressively than ever before. The leaders of the organizations affected by these regulations might not always appreciate being required to comply with them, but the fact of the matter is these organizations are now spending more money managing their data than ever before.

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Topics: HIPAA and Healthcare IT, Compliance

Cloud computing drives down both average contract length and value

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 9, 2016 12:59:39 PM

The good news is demand for the outsourcing of IT services appears to be on the rise. A new global outsourcing report from the research firm Information Services Group (ISG) finds that the IT outsourcing industry had one of its best performances ever in the fourth quarter of 2015, capping a year that saw a record number of contracts.

But, here's the catch. The value of outsourcing contracts tied specifically to information technology infrastructure declined a precipitous 12 percent.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

New Safe Harbor accord buys time for data transfer business as usual

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 4, 2016 9:50:41 AM

In a way, there is much for IT service providers to celebrate now that the European Union (EU) and the United States have come to terms on a Safe Harbor agreement that allows the personal data of Europeans to once again legally find its way into data centers in the U.S. After all, not only do cloud service providers and Web-scale companies routinely move personal data across the Atlantic, so does just about every U.S. company that does business in Europe.

The accord struck this week was made necessary because the European Court of Justice invalidated the previous existing Safe Harbor agreement after a graduate student in Europe filed suit over Facebook’s sharing of personal data with the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S. The court ruled that the information provided by Edward Snowden made it clear that European rights to privacy were being violated.

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Topics: IT trends

Cybersecurity attacks against IT service providers get more advanced

Posted by Mike Vizard on Feb 2, 2016 10:23:58 AM

Like any pirate, most cybercriminals prefer easy targets. So, while the number of attacks continues to increase, the majority of them are looking to exploit vulnerabilities that are easily defended. A new report from Arbor Networks suggests that the number of sophisticated cybersecurity attacks being launched is on the rise, though.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Security

IT spending on public cloud accelerates

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 28, 2016 10:35:13 AM

While it’s difficult to say exactly how much money is pouring into public clouds, the growth rate is certainly staggering. This week, Gartner forecasted that public cloud spending will reach $204 billion in 2016, while International Data Corp. (IDC) predicted a more conservative $141 billion in public cloud spending by 2019.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends

CIOs explain why so many IT projects fail

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 26, 2016 10:18:08 AM

Time and again IT services providers find themselves participating in an IT project that starts with great fanfare and enthusiasm only to see the fruits of their labor die on the proverbial vine. A new survey of CIOs conducted by POP, a provider of crowdsourcing software, suggests the reason for this is that the employees affected by that IT project never really bought into the project in the first place.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

MSPs could benefit from simpler Intel vPro deployments

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

For the better part of a decade now, Intel has been making the case for using vPro processor technology inside devices to make them both easier to manage and more secure. It’s taken a while, but Intel now claims that a large percentage of the PCs deployed inside most organizations have turned vPro on. With this week's launch of the 6th Gen Intel Core vPro processor, Intel is aiming to turn on the rest.

Tom Garrison, general manager for Intel’s Business Client Unit, explained that one of the reasons Intel expects IT organizations to embrace devices based on 6th Gen Intel Core vPro processors is that the company has gone to significant pains to make it simpler to deploy, manage, and authenticate devices that have vPro turned on.

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Topics: IT trends

Expanding definition of IT platform creates $4.3 trillion opportunity

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 19, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Today, most of the relationships IT services providers have with vendors stem from on-premise transactions. With the rise of the cloud, though, those relationships have begun to evolve. The Rise of the Platform Enterprise: A Global Survey, a new report issued by The Center for the Global Enterprise (GCE), suggests that IT services providers need to start appreciating the number of platforms that now serve as the foundation around which IT ecosystems evolve.

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Topics: IT trends

Public cloud price cuts on core services appear to slow

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 14, 2016 12:00:00 PM

IT services providers and their customers have come to expect that significant price cuts in public cloud computing services will occur on a regular basis. But, an analysis of recent price cuts by Amazon Web Services (AWS) conducted by Deutsche Bank suggests that those price cuts don't actually occur as often as people think.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

The growing value of business data has big implications

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jan 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Regardless of the amount and size of the data an organization possesses, it's becoming readily apparent that the business value of that data is increasing with each passing day.

In fact, a new survey of 476 senior executives conducted by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist on behalf of NTT finds that 60 percent of organizations are already generating revenue from their data. Just as significantly, 83 percent report that they are leveraging data to make existing products and services more profitable.

But that’s just the tip of proverbial data iceberg.

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Topics: IT trends

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