BY STEVE SPENCE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
MANAGED SERVICES

The Productization of Managed Services

A new model of IT managed services is rising out of the ashes of yesteryear’s outsourcing model. But unlike the legendary ostrich-like phoenix, this new Managed Service is not being reborn as a lumbering prehistoric phoenix but more like a flock of nimble starlings. more

Why It Might Be Time to Let Go of Your Wireless Network

Wireless Network
BYOD means mobile devices are flourishing and adding to headache of keeping networks secure and optimized. Cloud-managed wireless ultimately benefits both IT departments and business operations. Outsourcing IT functions and adopting managed services are standard operating procedure for many enterprises to streamline costs and increase business agility. Now the impetus and technology is available to farm out your wireless networking infrastructure. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon is reason enough to offload elements of your wireless network.  …>> more

Leading edge network virtualization options are worth watching

Network virtualization
Quickly scaling enterprises are already benefiting from virtualizing applications and storage resources, but with software-defined datacentres now a reality, so is virtualizing network elements to support a growing business. Virtualizing applications and data storage in the enterprises has become a common practice as it allows organizations to quickly scale up as business demands require. But with the advent of software-defined networking (SDN) and networks function virtualization (NFV), it’s now possible to virtualize elements of the  …>> more

The four Rs of print fleet management

Organizations obviously understand the need to manage their print fleets. Managed Print Services are nothing new and most organizations are having conversations with potential MPS providers or have actually put an MPS program in place. One of the main comments that I hear from potential customers is that they feel the transition from a non-managed to a managed environment is a huge step, with the replacement of existing devices a major concern. My response is  …>> more

Does shopping for managed services feel like online dating?

  Shopping for managed services can feel like online dating, doesn’t it? How do you know which company is the best fit for you? The promotional materials are snazzy, the website hits the right keywords and the reps know just what to say, but will it be a good match? The number of companies claiming to offer managed IT services is increasing rapidly, and in all likelihood, this decision is one you will have to  …>> more