Assessing the impact of Windows 10 on MSPs

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 28, 2016 9:56:22 AM

As Microsoft gears up for the second anniversary of Windows 10 next week, managed service providers should plan on seeing a lot more of the latest version of Windows on corporate desktops.

Overall, Microsoft claims to have delivered more than 380 million instances of Windows 10 already. Most of those instances of Windows 10 are running on consumer devices, though. More interesting to MSPs is the fact that Microsoft also claims that 85 percent of the Fortune 500 have been piloting Windows 10. Couple that with an estimated third of the small-to-medium (SMB) market running some form of Windows 10, and it’s clear that starting this fall MSPs should be seeing Windows 10 on more of the endpoints they support.

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Topics: Microsoft Windows

Migration plans for Windows Server 2016 appear slow

Posted by Mike Vizard on Dec 3, 2015 9:58:40 AM

A major server operating system upgrade is always an event for IT services providers to look forward to, and the expected arrival of Windows Server 2016 in the months ahead is no exception. But a new survey of 300 IT professionals conducted by SpiceWorks suggests that for most organizations the migration process to Windows Server 2016 is going to occur in 2017 and beyond.

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Topics: Microsoft Windows

Back to the Future Day: A look at computing then, now, and beyond!

Posted by Anne Campbell on Oct 21, 2015 4:05:29 PM

No, it’s not a Facebook hoax this time. We’ve finally arrived at the day Marty McFly travels to in “Back to the Future II” — October 21, 2015, also known as Back to the Future Day. The Internet has been buzzing about what the movie got right (and mostly wrong) about 2015. Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd even weigh in on the debate in this Toyota commercial.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Microsoft Windows

SMBs’ top objections to Windows Server 2003 migration

Posted by Anne Campbell on Jul 30, 2015 9:47:00 AM

July 14, the date for Windows Server 2003 end of life, has come and gone. The last-minute rush to try to migrate to a new OS before the deadline is over. But there are still a significant number of SMBs that continue to run Windows Server 2003 despite the risks caused by EOL, and these holdouts represent a big opportunity for IT service providers.

In fact, 61 percent of businesses in Spiceworks’ network are still running at least one instance of Server 2003, according to a report released by Spiceworks in March 2015. That adds up to millions of installations in a mix of physical and virtualized environments.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Microsoft Windows

Appreciating the Disruptive Influence of Microsoft Office 365

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jul 9, 2015 9:02:00 AM

While there might not be much money to be made selling Microsoft Office 365 itself, a new survey of 109 IT services firms conducted by SkyKick, a provider of Microsoft Office 365 migration tools, finds that 84 percent of IT services firms that work on Office 365 migrations report that customers are likely to request additional cloud services as part of the overall project.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Microsoft Windows

Pace of planned Windows 10 migrations picks up

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 30, 2015 9:11:10 AM

new survey finds that more than half of IT organizations plan to make the shift to Windows 10 within a year of the new operating system being shipped on July 29.

At first blush that might not seem like a huge success, but compared to the rate at which enterprise IT organizations made the shift to Windows 7—and switching at all in the case of Windows 8—it looks like Windows 10 is poised to become an unqualified success for Microsoft from a corporate IT perspective.

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Topics: IT Services Trends, Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows 10 Announcement: An MSP’s Perspective

Posted by Achmad Chadran on Jun 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

I was intrigued by Microsoft’s recent announcement that Windows 10 would be the OS platform’s last major release and that it plans to push smaller updates online as they become available. The news left me wondering what the announcement means for the MSP community.

I took the question to a handful of IT solution provider partners and found their ideas illuminating. What I heard was a mixed assessment of both opportunities and challenges raised by Microsoft’s strategic shift, ranging from business model reinvention to more fundamental product support issues.

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Topics: MSP Marketing, Microsoft Windows

Managing the pace of Windows 10 upgrades

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 31, 2015 2:30:00 PM

One of the major challenges with delivering any type of software as a service is the fact that not every customer wants to upgrade software being delivered via the cloud at the same time. While there are plenty of organizations using software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications that get updated once a quarter, it’s clear there are many other organizations that don’t embrace these applications because they feel they will lose control over the IT environment.

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Topics: Growing Your MSP Business, Microsoft Windows

Key to More Cloud Migrations Lies with Microsoft Active Directory

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 23, 2014 11:09:00 AM

One of the major challenges that any provider of cloud services faces in the enterprise is the dependency most organizations have on Microsoft Active Directory (AD). For more than 20 years, IT organizations have relied on Microsoft AD for almost every aspect of how they manage access to applications. Any effort to get those organizations to move wholeheartedly to the cloud requires providing some level of equivalent functionality.

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Topics: Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Moving to Smooth Windows 10 Migration

Posted by Mike Vizard on Oct 2, 2014 11:43:00 AM

IT service providers have made a lot of money over the years helping customers migrate to new versions of the Windows operating system, so it’s understandable if many IT service providers are getting excited about the pending arrival of Windows 10 in 2015.

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Topics: Microsoft Windows

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