Elliot Markowitz

Elliot Markowitz is a veteran in channel publishing. He served as an editor at CRN for 11 years, was editorial director of webcasts and events at Ziff Davis, and also built the webcast group as editorial director at Nielsen Business Media. He's served in senior leadership roles across several channel brands.

Recent articles by Elliot Markowitz

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Gartner: Mobile Devices Continue to Eat Away at PC Usage

If you just gazed at the top-line numbers, you would think all is right in the IT world. But that is only if you have been living under a rock. Research firm Gartner is predicting worldwide combined shipments of all devices—that includes mobile phones, ultramobiles, tablets and even PCs—are expected to hit 2.5 billion units in 2015, 2.6 billion in 2016 and 2.7 billion in 2017.

First Quarter Down, Three To Go: Time to Expand or Pull Back?

The first quarter rapidly is coming to a close and it is time for many business leaders and managers to go through the tedious, but important, process of evaluating their first-quarter numbers and seeing if they need to tweak, adjust or completely throw out their 2015 business plan and budget.

MSPs Weigh in on Top IT Security Concerns

By all accounts 2104 was the worst year for IT security breaches. The bad news is that 2015 is expected to be even worse. Lone wolf and malicious hacking groups, organized crime and even hostile foreign governments are becoming more sophisticated in breaking into information systems.

5 Ways to Set Up Your Sales Reps for Success

Business is all about sales. The old adage says, “revenue solves a lot of problems.” However, while many organizations desire to drive sales, they inadvertently set up their sales professionals for failure rather than success. Sales reps are either rewarded or held accountable for the way the business is growing, or not.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

The Very Bad Idea of Net Neutrality

Well, they did what they said they were going to do, unfortunately. Despite very vocal feedback from those companies and service providers that actually create products and services to deliver Internet access and applications to business and the general public, the Federal government believes it knows better.

IT Security is Job 1: Are You Up to Speed?

IT security, or the lack thereof, is dominating the headlines these days. From the embarrassing Sony hacks a few months ago to the latest Anthem breach, hackers and spammers seem to be one step ahead of the security safeguards of even the most sophisticated companies.

SBA Makes More Credit Options Available

One of the main concerns of many managed services providers, or any small-to-midsize business for that matter, is always access to capital. However, while many look to traditional banks or even private investors, they for some reason ignore the offerings credit unions offer.

Gartner: Mobile Traffic Data to More Than Double in 2015

Solution providers know that mobile technology is one of the main drivers of the IT industry’s growth. As a result they are enhancing their skill sets around device management, data integration, application management and, of course, security.

3 Business Lessons From Seattle’s Super Bowl Loss

Super Bowl XLIX proved to be exciting, controversial and as it happens filled with life and business lessons. Regardless of which team you were rooting for, Seattle lost the game more than New England won it.

A Tale of Two Tech Giants: Apple, IBM Heading in Opposite Directions

A few months back after IBM (IBM) reported its third fiscal quarter result I wrote the battle being waged between IBM and Apple since the 1980s was over and that Apple won. This last week has proven not only did Apple (AAPL) make all the right moves at the right times to edge out its longtime rival, it left IBM in the dust.

‘Snowmageddon’ Highlights Importance of Mobile Adoption

The northeast got clobbered this week with what many weather forecasters and meteorologists called “Snowmageddon”. While some areas such as New York City actually skirted much of the storm, the surrounding area from Long Island to Boston got massive snow fall accompanied by near hurricane force winds.

IT Workers in Hot Demand

As economic conditions slowly improve, workers are in demand once again, specifically with IT skills.

Marketing Critical to IT Success In 2015

Marketing always has been the Achilles’ heel of solution providers and many IT companies in general. In some companies it is so gravely overlooked that it ultimately brings them down regardless of their technological strength.

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