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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Demand for professional BI services to accelerate through 2019

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The professional services market surrounding business intelligence (BI) applications will top $125 billion in 2019, representing an annual growth rate of 14.7 percent.

According to a new report from the market research firm Technology Business Research (TBR), large service providers such as Accenture, Deloitte, and IBM will continue to have the biggest presence in this market. Nevertheless, TBR also predicts that competition across the entire BI services category will be much fiercer as BI becomes a more mainstream application.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Rising demand for IT skills puts added pressure on IT services firms

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 25, 2015 9:47:50 AM

There’s been a lot of fierce debate over an IT skills shortage that many have contended is more artificial in nature than it is based on actual fact. And yet, a new analysis of labor data released by the IT industry association CompTIA would suggest that demand for people with IT skills is not only way up, but more of those jobs are actually being filled.

Overall, the CompTIA report finds that 70,500 new IT jobs were added in the first half of 2015 with the IT services sector leading the charge with of a 2.4 percent growth in terms of the number of jobs created.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Bifurcation of IT in the cloud age challenges IT service providers

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 20, 2015 9:58:37 AM

Popular wisdom holds that most of the application workloads running on public clouds involve application development and testing. But the latest “State of the Developer Nation” report, based on a global survey of 13,000 developers conducted by the market research firm VisionMobile, finds that most of them still prefer to develop applications inside their local data centers.

Given the fact that the majority of the developers surveyed were relatively modest in size, the survey also suggests that cloud computing, at least for the time being, is starting to bifurcate the developer community in a way that will make it more expensive in the years ahead for IT service providers to manage both applications running on premise and in the cloud.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Millions of websites still using Windows Server 2003 after end of life

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 18, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Even though the deadline for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end of life has firmly passed, a new survey from NetCraft, a provider of Internet security services, finds that more than 600,000 web-facing systems, which host millions of websites, are still running Windows Server 2003.

Clearly, all those servers represent a continuing opportunity for IT service providers, but migration might not happen in large numbers until that first big security breach involving Windows Server 2003 actually gets discovered.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Industry and Technology, Cyber Security

Shortening the length of shadow IT creates IT services opportunity

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 13, 2015 11:25:00 AM

The latest report from Cisco, based on actual usage of cloud services among its customers, finds that most IT organizations are consuming as much as 15 times more cloud services than the internal IT organization realizes. That suggests that a significant new opportunity is now emerging for IT services firms to drive consolidation of those shadow IT services.

The Cisco report finds that on average the internal IT department thinks there are 51 cloud services being used by its organization, while interviews with individuals at said organizations prove there are on average over 730 in use.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

The Uber effect on the IT channel

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 11, 2015 11:04:59 AM

During the 2015 ChannelCon conference hosted by the IT industry trade association CompTIA this past week, attendees that work at IT services firms from across the country took comfort in the fact that most of their small-to-medium business (SMB) customers were taking a fairly deliberate approach to making the transition to the cloud.

As Tiffani Bova, an industry analyst with Gartner, noted during one presentation at the conference, the majority of SMB customers have only about 10 to 20 percent of their IT services delivered via the cloud. As such, most IT services firms servicing this sector aren't in a hurry when it comes to transforming their fundamental business models, Bova noted.

The fundamental issue that IT service providers seem to be overlooking is that the shift to the cloud isn’t necessarily just about them and their existing customers. If startups like Uber and Airbnb prove anything, it’s that new, more agile competitors can come out of nowhere to disrupt an entire industry. Think of it as the Uber effect. Regardless of the size of the company, senior business executives now go to bed at night worrying that some new competitor will emerge out of the cloud, either limiting the growth potential of their business or putting them out of business altogether.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Mobility Services

What Docker container adoption means for IT service providers

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 6, 2015 11:06:05 AM

While the interest level in Docker containers as an alternative form of virtualization is all the rage these days among developers, it might be a little while before IT services providers see large numbers of these containers deployed in a production environment.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Cloud Trends

The race between MSPs and Tier 1 carriers to deploy NFVs and SDNs

Posted by Mike Vizard on Aug 4, 2015 1:55:47 PM

A new report from Technology Business Research says it might be 2017 before Tier 1 service providers actually deploy network function virtualization (NFVs) software and software-defined networks (SDNs) in production environments.

The irony is that smaller more nimble managed service providers (MSPs) are already beating Tier 1 carriers to the punch.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Making the financial case for moving to the cloud

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 31, 2015 8:00:00 AM

At this point, it’s not a question of if organizations are going to embrace cloud computing but a question of to what degree they'll embrace it and in what form. Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are looking to IT service providers to help them figure that out.

new study from Cloud Cruiser, a provider of IT financial management applications, finds that nearly three quarters (72 percent) of IT organizations rated their ability to track cloud usage and costs as either very or extremely important. The primary reason IT organizations want this ability is to better forecast and compare costs, but they also indicated a desire to either chargeback or at least “showback” usage of cloud services to various lines of business.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

It's time for IT service providers to tap into the Internet of Things

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 28, 2015 9:34:00 AM

While the Internet of Things (IoT) might be an overly broad set of technology buzzwords these days, a new survey from Red Hat suggests the concept has definitely captured the imaginations of end customers. The challenge and opportunity now is for IT service providers to turn that enthusiasm into an actual practical set of applications that create meaningful value to businesses.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, IoT

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