Recently, we’ve seen an upward trend in the utilization of managed service providers (MSPs) by small and medium-sized businesses. Until recently, most businesses just used MSPs to handle technical or equipment issues but now we’re seeing businesses using managed service providers to handle a variety of IT needs. Experts in Information Technology believe that 2016 will be the year of the managed service provider as MSPs become even more popular. Here are three predictions you can expect to see in the world of information technology in the coming year.
Managed Service Providers will become even more popular with small to midsized businesses
For small to midsized businesses that don’t have the necessary staff, tools, or resources, it will be crucial to outsource IT support to an MSP. Because technology changes at an increased rate every year, many businesses simply can’t keep up with complicated office technology so you can expect to see even more businesses making the switch to managed IT services in 2016. MSPs can assist businesses in understanding an implementing new technologies as well as helping them understand regulatory rules and be in compliance with them. They have the expertise and experience that small and midsized businesses need.
Compliance overlay of management will be even more important
Whether it’s HIPAA, PCI DDS, or some other federal regulation, the rules are constantly being updated. It can be difficult for smaller businesses to stay on top of all of these changes and keep their employees trained with the latest rules. In short, it’s hard for businesses to remain compliant. Approximately 57% of businesses report that they struggle to efficiently respond to regulatory changes and poor communication from the government is to blame. Because of this increasing complexity of federal regulations, expect to see more small and midsized businesses investing in an MSP to assist them in staying compliant.
Management of private and public clouds will separate
As the colocation market becomes commoditized, public cloud providers are trying to diversify the services they’re offering by splitting up the management of private and public clouds. Colocation businesses are training their engineers to be certified for public clouds and many are adding their own managed services. In other words, colocation businesses are transitioning to become a hybrid (public and private) managed service provider that offers small and midsized businesses various services within their data centers.
All in all, 2016 is set to be a big year for the managed IT services market.
Source: IT Portal