July 19, 2024

I don’t write about the Internet of Things all that often. The easiest way to explain why is to share a few analyst forecasts: In 2017, IDC predicted that global IoT spending would reach $1.29 trillion in 2020. A year later, they predicted it would reach $1.1 trillion in 2021. Six months later, they predicted…

July 12, 2024

A reminder: Last week’s post quoted a podcast interview I did recently with Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola about early adoption of the company’s Kaseya 365 solution and the “monster, monster, monster” follow-up announcement due to go public during this year’s DattoCon conference in October. That episode of the show (called MSP Chat, by the way)…

July 5, 2024

Devoted readers know that I regularly—and shamelessly—plug the podcast I co-host these days, which has featured long-form interviews with a string of C-something executives from leading vendors. The episode due out next Friday, in fact, features an interview recorded two days ago with Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola, and though you’ll have to wait a week…

June 28, 2024

With 11 locations in four states, according to its website, The Purple Guys is a pretty big MSP. Ntiva, which has offices in 12 states and the District of Columbia, is even bigger. So when Ntiva bought The Purple Guys a couple of months ago, the result was what John Holland, managing director of M&A…

June 21, 2024

Back in March, I came across a freshly published IDC report built around an interesting question: Have Cyberinsurance Premium Increases Finally Slowed Down? That would be welcome news, obviously, if true. According to Fitch Ratings, premiums on cyber policies rose roughly 200% across 2021 and 2022. About time they start plateauing. Turns out the answer…

June 18, 2024

Not every vendor on the crowded show floor at Pax8’s Beyond conference last week works in security, but it sure felt like they did sometimes. Here’s news from seven of those companies that I couldn’t fit into the rest of my Beyond coverage last Friday. Acronis joins the XDR club Acronis has completed the detection…

June 14, 2024

Gen Z is so done with people. Gen Zers who buy things are, anyway. “75% of this cohort does not want to talk to a human,” said Canalys analyst Jay McBain during a keynote at Pax8’s second annual Beyond conference in Denver this week. “They’ll go buy a car, which is the second most expensive…

June 10, 2024

I’m flying in to Denver as I write this to attend the 2024 edition of Beyond, Pax8’s now second annual partner conference, but despite last Friday’s oversized post I still have a few final updates to share from exhibitors at ConnectWise’s IT Nation Secure event last week. Further reason to think platform not product My…

June 7, 2024

When is a duck not a duck? Please don’t waste time on that ridiculous question until I’ve set it up for you a little. ConnectWise made several product announcements at its IT Nation Secure event in Orlando this week, including a new MDR service for Microsoft 365, a security-specific version of its SideKick AI companion,…

May 31, 2024

Statistics are all about context. For example, just 30% of IT jobs are held by women at present, according to 2024 data from CompTIA. Pretty bleak, but actually better than last year’s 26% and better still than the state of play in cybersecurity, where a mere 20 to 25% of the workforce is currently female,…