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The Hidden Cost of Vendor Lock-In

When most business owners think of selling their business, they imagine all their hard work, sound investments, and sacrifices will add up to a strong valuation. But a few small mistakes can dramatically reduce the value of your Managed Services practice to potential buyers. At the top of that list is vendor lock-in. While your reasons for committing to a […]

Why MSPs Shouldn’t Ignore AI

Interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing, with 81% of IT leaders currently investing in, or planning to invest in, AI. To meet this demand, the AI startup space is rapidly expanding. In just the past two years 1,100+ new AI companies entered the marketplace, bringing the total number to well above 2,200, according to angel.co. IDC predicts this market […]

5 Ways SMBs Can Benefit from Big Data

Big data might be a trending topic, but few companies have created the processes necessary to fully capitalize on the storehouses of digital information at their disposal. Case in point, a 2016 Gartner survey found that while 48% of companies invested in big data solutions, only 15% reported deploying those solutions into production. Before we go any further, let’s define […]

How Intelligent Cloud Infrastructure Can Minimize Shadow IT

The cloud has simplified the lives of many, enabling individuals to quickly gain access to the services they need, but there are a few drawbacks. In their quest to turn on mission-critical services faster, corporate employees have taken matters into their own hands, going directly to cloud service providers instead of directing requests to the IT department. Referred to as […]

3 Ways the Cloud Simplifies Cost Management & Consumption

  As organizations across the globe seek to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and grow their bottom line, the public cloud is becoming an attractive alternative to traditional data center setups. Instead of requiring companies to invest in building expensive, state-of-the-art servers, storage, and security safeguards, they can simply rent the best infrastructure available at a fraction of the cost. For […]

Cloud Trends to Keep an on Eye on in 2017

Forrester, Gartner, and IDC unanimously agree that the cloud presents huge growth opportunities for managed service providers (MSPs). If these predictions are accurate, we can expect to see the biggest opportunities in the public and hybrid cloud spaces, as well as in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). But opinions regarding how best to tackle […]

The Lure of Cloud Applications & Infrastructure

To succeed in business, you must follow the money. And in the managed services space, the cloud—more specifically the public cloud—is where the money is to be made. While private cloud opportunities evaporate, public and hybrid opportunities are booming, to the tune of an 18% market uptick by the end of 2017, followed by an additional 55% increase by the […]

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