Autotask Week in IT: How the Cloud and Packaged Services are Changing IT

March 18, 2016  

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

Channelinsider: How the Cloud Is Changing the IT Business Climate
By Michael Vizard

At this juncture, it's pretty clear that cloud computing will become a mainstream means of delivering IT services. Less clear is how much of the cloud is going to manifest itself in the form of public cloud services versus private cloud deployment. In advance of the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2016 conference, IDC and Ingram Micro are sharing research results that suggest that in the next 24 months some form of cloud computing will account for 43 percent of IT spending.

CIO: 4 things CIOs need to know about implementing automation
By Peter Bendor-Samuel

As a CIO, you’ve undoubtedly heard and read enthusiastic discussions around the benefits of automation. Beyond its cost savings due to people replacement, automation offers high value in the form of dramatic improvement to: Process efficiency, Cycle time (remember, speed is the new currency), Productivity, Quality (reduced errors), Scalability, Governance and regulatory compliance (requirements can be embedded into automation rules).

TechTarget: Retail health clinics set to emerge as channel partner market
By Nicole Lewis

By all accounts, retail health clinics and the technology used to support patient's visits at these facilities is an expanding segment of the healthcare industry. Given this fact, technology and service providers looking to expand their client base should consider the opportunities in this burgeoning market. As the country continues to undergo healthcare reform, retail health clinics, which are located in pharmacies, retail chains and supermarkets, provide acute and preventative care such as medical screenings and diagnostic services to patients usually at a lower cost than a doctor's office visit.

eWeek: IT Systems Failing to Scale with Business Growth
By Nathan Eddy

The vast majority (89 percent) of organizations worldwide have experienced growth that hasn’t gone exactly according to plan, resulting in a significant level of anxiety among top business leaders about their company’s ability to succeed in the face of growth and change. The research, which was conducted by Morar Consulting and commissioned by Epicor, surveyed more than 1,800 business leaders from 12 countries across the globe.

TechRepublic: The state of IT: CIOs targeting hybrid cloud and packaged services
By Conner Forrest

On Tuesday, EMC and VMware released a joint report titled "The State of IT Transformation," examining the IT strategies of 660 global customers. The report focused on IT initiatives in hybrid cloud, standardized services, and proper documentation. Hybrid cloud was a top priority for respondents with more than 90% evaluating or testing proof of concept for a hybrid cloud deployment. Still, most hybrid cloud approaches are in the early stages, and the evaluations lack formality, with 91% of respondents lacking an organized method to evaluate hybrid cloud.

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