One day, it's quite possible that tablets and mobile computing -- to say nothing of cloud technology -- will change the hardware landscape and if organizations are not careful, security could be orphaned along with coherent and cohesive processing environments.
If recent initiatives are any indication, Trend Micro envisions a world where an enterprise or SMB may operate wholly through an iPad and/or Windows phone, while its customers have everything from netbooks to PCs with cloud operating systems. The MSPs challenge will be to integrate all of these disparate computing units and manage an environment where it doesn't seem like any differences actually exist.
A recent poll of "IT decision-makers" by Trend Micro found that 74 percent of organizations already allowed employees to use personal devices, while at the same time about 80 percent of the same respondents said putting critical data on a mobile device makes it far more susceptible to attack and breach.
Trend Micro -- whose own software is compatible with smartphone platforms from Apple iOS, Google Android, Symbian and Windows Phone 7 -- joins others in suggesting console device management platforms as a start for a new world where unmatched devices and apps can still match up with business objectives.
Posted by Jabulani Leffall on July 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM0 comments
A common tale among many proprietors, partners and employees of IT service stand-alones and MSPs is one of lost jobs, layoffs or disenchantment with corporate structures, politics or the larger budgetary constraints among big companies that can often stifle innovation.
So it's no surprise that while employment in other sectors shrink, computer-related job growth has remained relatively steady month over month and even outpaced other vocations over time. Check out the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics if you need proof.
A lot of it has to do with the limber nature and entrepreneurial flexibility of MSPs and small IT shops that cater to SMBs who either can't afford dedicated IT staff, don't need dedicated IT staff or simply find it more cost effective to farm out maintenance, implementation and monitoring activities of critical systems to people they can trust. In most cases, "people" tends to be MSPs.
As SMB technology spending picks up and fewer people are able to do more with far-reaching technologies such as cloud computing and off-site network operations center support, MSPs can employ both new sales and service techniques as well as new people.
Posted by Jabulani Leffall on June 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM0 comments