Managed service providers (MSPs) are the trusted, outsourced technology companies that make small businesses thrive. MSPs have worn many hats throughout the history of technology. Today, they are leading the cloud computing charge. It’s worth taking a look at how exactly MSPs have reached this point today by exploring key points in their history.
In 1981, IBM PC launched—VisiCalc, the first computer spreadsheet program, opened a world of opportunity for CFOs and accountants. From 1984 to 1986, financial and operations departments in small businesses were the first to take advantage of PCs. In 1988, IBM PS/2 and 286/386 Revolution brought computers beyond the C level to more employees. 1995 would be a big year for MSPs as Windows 95 launched. A year later, MSPs became involved in the rise of the multimedia PC—CD-ROMs, sound cards and speakers were added to desktops. In the late 1990s, MSPs were busy as email moves down employee ranks and BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) launches.
In the 2000s, Windows XP, Vista and 7 all launched. The iPhone was introduced in 2006, which also saw the birth of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Video conferences launched in 2012, creating more work for MSPs. 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.
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 the history of MSPs and how they have come to lead the cloud computing revolution, check out the infographic below presented by ProfitBricks to learn more.
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