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Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.
CIO: 11 cloud trends that will dominate 2016
By Thor Olavsrud
Along with social, mobile and analytics, cloud technologies and models have earned a place as one of the core disruptors of the digital age. And while the cloud market has matured over the years, its interaction with the rapidly growing data and analytics landscape suggests there are plenty more disruptive opportunities for cloud in 2016. As 2016 gets underway, five insiders share their predictions for what 2016 holds in store for the cloud.
MSPmentor: 7 Tips for Selling BDR Services to Your Customers
By Dan Kobialka
Ready to provide backup and disaster recovery (BDR) services to your customers? Here are seven tips to help managed service providers sell BDR services. 1. Start Small: Rome wasn't built in a day, and for an MSP, it is important to start small when it comes to delivering BDR services. Launching one or two BDR offerings initially enables an MSP to focus on specific customer segments and gain BDR experience. In addition, starting small allows an MSP to build its BDR reputation.
Channelinsider: How IT Service Providers Perceive Their Prospects
By Gina Roos
The landscape for IT service providers (ITSPs) continues to change. Enterprises look to "IT service providers to help them manage increasingly extended networks of communication, commerce and data exchange enabled by a growing number of endpoints," concluded a new report released by Autotask. "As these digital flows expand outward through mobility and cloud accessibility, so does the need for management, compliance and security."
PC Magazine: 7 Ways Business Clouds are Evolving in 2016
By Rob Marvin
Seemingly everything is migrating to or already running on cloud infrastructure in 2016—from virtualized compute and storage services, and cloud-hosted enterprise apps to Big Data processing engines and Internet of Things (IoT) networks. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platforms are what everyone's on, everyone's interested in, and what everyone and their mother are trying to predict the future of.
ComputerWeekly.com: Five CIO tips for building an IT strategy in the digital age
By Mark Samuels
Modern IT leaders are under siege. CIOs are expected to keep systems up and running, while also keeping track of fast-changing business demands and the technologies that can help improve organizational effectiveness. Juggling those mixed objectives is a tough gig. Many CIOs developed their expertise in the closed confines of the IT department. However, their C-suite peers now expect technology chiefs to move beyond operational IT concerns and to spend more time engaging with the business.
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