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Autotask Week in IT: Changes and Challenges in the IT Industry

July 28, 2016  

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

Channelinsider: MSPs More Confident but Must Always Adapt to Change
By Michael Vizard
When it comes to revenue, managed services is still a relatively nascent part of most solution providers' business models, but MSPs are evolving rapidly. A recent survey from CompTIA of 400 MSPs finds that in the next two years, most of them expect managed services to account for half to three-fourths of their revenue. The survey also finds that most MSPs are now much more confident in their abilities to deliver those services efficiently.

CIO: Marketing pros discuss what they want from IT
By Matt Kapko
When marketing and technology collide, too many IT departments react with extreme measures. CIOs and IT professionals can choose to block marketing efforts, get out of the way entirely or embrace strategies that position their technical expertise to have the greatest impact, according to a set of marketing executives who spoke with CIO.com. Businesses fall into two camps, in which IT professionals become "order takers or stonewallers," and these relationships breed resentment among all involved, according to Keith Sibson, vice president of product and marketing at PostUp, an email marketing firm.

The Wall Street Journal: Internet of Things Paying Off for More Tech Providers: Survey
By Angus Loten
Internet-of-Things technology still may be in the earliest stages of adoption at most companies, but it’s already proving to be a money maker for a growing number of tech providers, according to CompTIA. In a recent survey, nearly one quarter of so-called channel companies – those that sell tech services and products to customers of bigger IT vendors – said they’re currently generating revenue from IoT offerings, up from 8% last year. A third of total respondents said they expect to be making money from IoT within the next 12 months.

IT Business Edge: Navigating the Challenges in IoT Infrastructure
By Arthur Cole
The speed at which the enterprise has embraced IoT infrastructure has been impressive. But with most deployments still in a nascent stage, many organizations are only just now starting to encounter some of the challenges associated with scaling up to production levels. According to Strategy Analytics, nearly 70 percent of businesses have deployed IoT solutions, and that is expected to increase to 80 percent within the year. But as Datamation’s Pedro Hernandez points out, many organizations are struggling with the analytics side of the equation.

CSO: 9 data security tips for cloud migration
By Ryan Francis
When migrating to a cloud-based environment, companies need to take a hard look at their needs and the security of their providers, as well as their own internal policies. Many companies don’t take time to consider the risks of simply sharing cloud space with other organizations, for example, or how to match cloud security policies to those of the data center. For organizations considering cloud migration, Radware provides nine proactive steps that companies can take to ensure a smooth transition and get tighter cloud security.

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