Autotask Week in IT: Hot Trends in IT & the Current Status of the Cloud

October 30, 2015  
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

MSPmentor: The State of the Cloud 2015
By Michael Brown
Cloud technologies and services such as cloud-based file sharing are at or moving towards the forefront of today’s IT world. But some of the information we found may be surprising even to a knowledgeable MSP. Using data from a CDW report on all things cloud computing and a survey conducted by RightScale, we have selected some important facts and figures on the current cloud landscape.

CRN: Partners Name The Hottest Trends in IT (Video)
By Meghan Ottolini
CRNtv asked partners to name the growing IT trends that excite them the most. Their answers varied, but they all pointed to one thing: The channel has multiple avenues for growth right now. “I definitely think it’s mobile,” said Cumulus Global CEO Allen Falcon. “Businesses are really looking to do everything from their mobile devices, not just email.”

Channelnomics: MSPs exploring VoIP, UC market with branded services
By Scharon Harding
Solution providers are experimenting with their own branded services in order to get a taste of the SMB voice communications market, according to Chris Carabello, senior director of product marketing at network software vendor Metaswitch Networks. Carabello told Channelnomics that many MSPs are looking to attract customers with branded services in areas like small fiber networks and hosted IT functions, such as storage, security and backup.

CIO: CIOs turn to cloud-based analytics to manage IT asset costs
By Clint Boulton
Splitting Hewlett-Packard into two distinct companies is an onerous task, requiring management to wade through a complex cost structure, budgeting process and governance. Yet Ralph Loura, CIO of HP Enterprise Group, is doing just that using technology business management software that helps him gain visibility in IT assets costs of the $28 billion organization. HP will become two companies, HP Inc. and HP Enterprise, in November.

ChannelInsider: More Self-Reliance Leads to Brighter Channel Future 
By Michael Vizard
It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention and nowhere is that more apparent than the "Fifth Annual State of the Channel" report issued by the IT industry trade association CompTIA. The report makes it clear that solution providers in general are much less dependent on IT vendors than at perhaps any other time in the history of the channel. For example, nearly eight in 10 U.S. channel firms report they have experienced some transformative activity to date, with almost half (48%) identifying consulting as a top source of revenue, followed by IT projects (46%) and product margins (43%).

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