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Over the last few weeks I was fortunate to meet a large number of Managed Service Providers (MSPs) at two separate industry events in Toronto. At both these events, focused on MSPs, and through all my conversations, one thing that resonated throughout was the dire state in which Managed Service Providers are currently conducting business. I am sharing my thoughts to help make sense of what the industry is going through and how the inability to adapt can lead to the slow death of an otherwise highly successful industry. Every year it costs North American businesses over $26 billion in downtime. Given the state of the economy and unstable economic times, over 46% firms have cut IT expenses last year. Moreover, reducing costs seems to be the priority of over 56% of business in North America in the coming year. With statistics like these it becomes imperative to look at ... (more)

Invaluable Lessons from @CloudExpo | #IoT #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Three Invaluable Lessons from Cloud Expo Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year's Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points. When trade shows are not a waste of time I am not very aggressive by nature... (more)

Technology Growing at an Unprecedented Rate By @IanKhanLive [#Cloud]

Technology Growing at an Unprecedented Rate Overall the global technology arena is set for tremendous growth. We're not specifically talking about consumer or enterprise growth but overall. Today, innovation is taking place in every small city and in the large metropolis. Companies like whatsapp, dropbox and many others that started in dorm rooms and garages are becoming mainstream applications purely because of the massive disruptions they create. Do expect a number of smaller companies to grow rapidly and provide very focused and niche applications. Being narrow and catering t... (more)

Unlike Ashley Madison, How to Avoid Baring It All By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Unlike Ashley Madison, How to Avoid Baring It All Today's case of Ashley Madison getting hacked and literally being kept at ransom is a classic case of something not very new, but something we need to take a look at with a fresh set of eyes. It's not all the trouble all their customers will get into that I'm talking about, but the mere corporate nightmare of having your entire customer data leaked. Today it's one organization, who know is who is next tomorrow. Want to know how to avoid getting caught with your pants down? Read on. Enterprise Infrastructure security is on the top ... (more)

How Free Apps Can Destroy an Organization By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

How to Destroy an Organization in Three Ways with Nothing but Free Apps I didn't want to be so dramatic, but I couldn't help but be completely honest as well. The end possibility is that your entire organization may suffer the fate as Sony Pictures, Target, Anthem and others that have been shaken by hacks and vulnerabilities in their networks. In some cases it has been analyzed that hackers sat in for months stealing data, until they chose to tell everyone about their presence. That's probably one of the reasons that websites like WikiLeaks are constantly able to churn document af... (more)