Autotask Week in IT: Demand for Managed Services and IoT Skills

May 20, 2016  

CIO: 10 most in-demand Internet of Things skills
By Sharon Florentine

The Internet of Things (IoT) is in the midst of an explosion, as more connected devices proliferate. But there's not enough talent with the right skills to manage and execute on IoT projects. In fact, insufficient staffing and lack of expertise is the top-cited barrier for organizations currently looking to implement and benefit from IoT, according to research from Gartner.

ChannelInsider: API Economy Brings Demand for Managed Services
By Michael Vizard

Interest is starting to build in managed services surrounding API projects in B2B environments, new research shows. "Cloud-based B2B integration services under a managed services model deliver people, process, and technical expertise with significant cost and performance advantages over internal approaches," according to a study conducted by Ovum on behalf of Axway, a provider of API and EDI gateways. "Enterprises can think of this approach as an outsourced B2B integration competency center."

TechTarget: Cloud vendor relationship management for channel partners
By Nicole Lewis

As channel partners transition to offering cloud computing products, many discover that this shift comes with a set of uniquely different vendor-partner dynamics. These dynamics change the way partners manage business relationships with their vendors, as well as with their customers. The transition from a hardware- and software-based sales model to selling cloud services in a subscription model sets the stage for a different approach to vendor relationship management.

eWEEK: IoT, Health Care Transactions Boost M&A Market
By Nathan Eddy

Merger and acquisition (M&A) deal-making has stabilized following record-setting levels in 2015, according to a report from Ernst & Young (EY). This also follows mixed earnings results in the first quarter (Q1), indicating that although technology disruption and deal making will continue, it is likely to normalize in the quarters ahead. However, in spite of falling numbers, the quarter still ranked among the top 10 highest-value quarters and the report notes that digital disruption continues to drive M&A in spite of global uncertainty.

IT Best of Breed: 5 Things Partners Need To Know About Ransomware
By Sarah Kuranda

Ransomware has been gaining steam in recent months, and companies are just starting to become aware of the threat it poses to their businesses, Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher at San Diego-based Internet security vendor ESET, said. Ransomware is a type of malware that, when successful, restricts access to a company's critical data in exchange for a ransom amount. For hackers, this approach is starting to pay off, Cobb said, and the data around the number of ransomware attacks is starting to skyrocket.

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