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The Real Reasons Why Managed IT Services Are Growing So Fast

The Real Reasons Why Managed IT Services Are Growing So Fast
The Real Reasons Why Managed IT Services Are Growing So Fast What You Really Want to Know The managed IT services industry is expected to growing at an astounding rate of 12.5% annually through to 2019 to a value of $193 billion worldwide. Which is pretty significant when in 2012, the industry was predicted to reach about $45 billion by 2016. Managed services are described as skilled outsourcing functions that transfer some, or all in-house functionalities to be managed by a third-party managed service provider. The outsourced services are typically provided for a single monthly payment on a subscription basis. JDL Technologies published a survey in January 2016 survey of IT executives that provides some insights into the use of managed services and managed service providers.  The most astounding facts for me were the following about cost savings: The average cost benefits reported by surveyed companies who switch to managed services range from: Average Annual Savings = 30%-40%, and Average IT Efficiency Increase = 50%-60% The same was found for companies adding managed services to existing in-house IT capabilities, according to “Managed Services Market” by Managed Data Center. You would think that the cost savings would be the main reason companies decide to sign...
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SQL Server on Linux… An Edsel in the Making or a Brilliant Move by Microsoft?

SQL Server on Linux… An Edsel in the Making or a Brilliant Move by Microsoft?
SQL Server on Linux Announced by Microsoft First of all, yes. It’s true. This week Microsoft announced that it is in the process of porting SQL Server over to Linux, and it will be available sometime mid-2017. For many in the IT and software communities, this is akin to GM building engines for Ford Pickup trucks. While Linux has always been a popular open source operating system for those wanting free software and no licensing limitations, Microsoft has in the past considered Linux as a cancer progressively eating into its market share, and only popular with rebels and anti-establishment types. The reality is that Linux became mainstream long ago. Today, a small majority of web servers are running on Linux, and Android (a Linux flavour) rules the smartphone, tablet and game console markets. Fortune magazine is calling this “blockbuster stuff”, and no wonder. ZDNet’s columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes that “Microsoft’s fortunes are no longer based on Windows”. Instead, Microsoft's new cash cows are Azure and server applications. In particular, "Microsoft Azure is growing rapidly and is reported in the same group as traditional server products (SQL Server is up, Windows Server is down). Collectively, that pair is at the top of the list."...
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25 Signs You May Need a Managed IT Services Partner

25 Signs You May Need a Managed IT Services Partner
25 Signs You May Need a Managed IT Services Partner …even if you already have an in-house IT department   IT management is not always on the “top-of-mind” for most executive teams. That’s probably best for most companies—it could mean everything is running as smooth as a well-oiled machine and there are no issues or emergencies screaming for your attention. Increasingly for many companies today, the reality is often different. In the last six months I’ve heard the words “chaotic”, “lacking”, “falling behind” and “embarrassingly outdated” to describe existing network infrastructures from new clients. These companies’ data systems were clearly at risk. Obviously, the best time to review your IT needs is long before you hear these words. But how do you know you’re a good candidate for Managed IT Services? We thought it would be helpful to give you some helpful clues here that you may need a managed IT services partner. Or maybe a better IT services partner. If you’ve ever heard any of these following comments in your organization, it’s time for a review. Here they are: our top 25 clues you may need a managed services partner Listen for any of these or similar comments… The exchange...
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Cyber Attack Stats Reveal What Typical Target Companies Look Like

Cyber Attack Stats Reveal What Typical Target Companies Look Like
Cyber Attack Stats Reveal What Typical Target Companies Look Like Surprise—it’s not the big companies we usually read about… We’ve all seen the headlines about a national retailer or government organization getting hacked into, where either millions of client credit cards were stolen or huge databases of personal information were accessed and downloaded. These are the headline grabbers, and they happen almost weekly today. Where it does happen, it often causes unimaginable grief, money and/or inconvenience for clients and customers; and panic, great expense and reputation loss for the target companies.      This week we show you some surprising facts uncovered by Ponemen Institute in a benchmark study sponsored by IBM. What’s notable is that most hacking attacks are NOT on the high profile and billion-dollar companies. By far, the most common targets are small to medium size businesses where the average “take” is $15,000. These are typically easier targets to crack and make up a hacker’s bread-and-butter revenue streams. Hacking cost the global economy an estimated $445 billion dollars last year. That’s serious money at stake, and a serious incentive for criminal organizations to continue increasing their operations.     Time and Effort Facts about Targeted Attacks 70 HOURS...

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9 Truly Practical [Year-Round] IT Budget Tips for Making Your Work Life Easier

9 Truly Practical [Year-Round] IT Budget Tips for Making Your Work Life Easier
Practical IT Budget Tips for Making Your Work Life Easier “There’s got to be an easier way” may be a worn out cliché, but it’s seldom heard more often than in an IT department at budgeting time. Some people might enjoy it, but for most, the annual department budget is a real chore—yet so necessary. Believe me when I say that for IT departments, the annual budget can be a double-chore. It’s not just that Information Technology is more technical, with its evolving systems, hardware and software to account for. It’s the nature of our industry that unexpected “surprises” and events require frequent revisions, reviews and emergency upgrades during our budget periods. Plus we have no control over how often our system vendors provide software and driver updates, vulnerability patches, and bug-fixes that are becoming more frequent as the hacking world gets more dangerous and complex.   So here they are, our 9 Truly Practical [Year-Round] IT Budget Tips that will make your work life easier... (Editor’s note: Our thanks to Tech Pro Research who originally published much of our inspiration here in their annual CIO’s Guide)   The annual IT Budget may be a once-a-year exercise, but our tips here are easy things...
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