Managed service providers (MSPs) are the trusted, outsourced technology companies that make small businesses successful. They’ve worn many hats throughout the history of technology and have been driving the adoption of technology for decades. Today, MSPs take on cloud computing—but they have a very rich history as well.
IBM PC launched in 1981—and VisiCalc, the first computer spreadsheet program, opened a world of opportunity for CFOs and accountants. In 1988, IBM PS/2 and 286/386 Revolution brought computers beyond the C level to more employees. In 1995, Windows 95 launched, creating more work for MSPs. With the rise of the multimedia PC in 1996, CD-ROMs, sound cards and speakers were added to desktops. In the late 1990s, email moved down the employee ranks and BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) was launched.
During the 2000s, Windows XP, Vista and 7 launched—and 2006 was a big year as the iPhone launched. This was also the birth of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Today, CFOs declare the end of physical hardware spending, banks no longer approve loans for on-premise data centers and insurance companies demand cloud-based disaster recovery plans. MSPs are rising to the challenge and bringing the cloud to small businesses everywhere.
While there are IT cloud challenges, cloud computing is a brand new era in the technology landscape, and with each new era come new opportunities to create and thrive.
To learn more about MSPs and the rich history they have had leading to their march toward cloud computing, check out this infographic presented by ProfitBricks!