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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3 Merger Mistakes to Avoid

If you're thinking about acquiring another company, or are looking to get acquired, here are three major merger mistakes to avoid.

Top 3 Concerns for Businesses In 2015

Poll after poll shows people are ending 2014 with more confidence than they had at the beginning of the year. And why not? The stock market is at record levels, the unemployment rate has dipped and gas prices have dropped considerably.

3 Moves to Make Now to Save Your January

Christmas and the New Year are upon us and most individuals are in holiday mode for at least the next week. In many cases, productivity, with the exception of retail establishments, come to a near-grinding halt, as both your employees and your customers take time off.

2015 Will Be All About Going Web-Scale

Going forward, every company must look at taking whatever IT functions they have—whatever customer communications, whatever support, whatever data access abilities—and bringing them to the Web.

Top 5 Hiring Mistakes To Avoid In 2015

Consumer confidence is rising, if ever so slightly. Unemployment, at least the number of people looking for work, is decreasing, albeit ever so slightly. Gas prices are falling, yet who knows for how long. If these trends do continue, organizations will feel more confident in making hiring commitments in 2015 and investing in their human capital again.

Top 12 IT Disasters of 2014: What Will 2015 Hold?

The number of security breaches and cyberattacks in 2014 is extremely alarming, yet it underscores the need for solution providers' expertise to keep organizations, their data and their systems secure.

Make 2015 the Year of the Customer

As 2014 comes to a close, most companies have already turned their attention to 2015. Budgets are set, goals are in place, processes and protocols are prepared and growth areas are identified.

Server Sales on the Rise

“Holy horseshoes!” as Robin would say to Batman. Gartner just reported that worldwide server sales shipments and revenue increased in the third quarter of 2014. That’s right, you read that correctly: The server market actually grew!

Working During a Holiday is Bad Business

The consumer mob mentality has overtaken American businesses. The need to buy and sell merchandise and services has trumped federal holidays, family values and even religious obligations.

Biggest Threat to Security: China?

Cyberattack threats are becoming more real, opening the door for solution providers to build or bolster their customers' disaster recovery plans.

5 Ways to Improve Your Company’s Image

In today’s world, many times perception is reality. It’s sad but oh so true. There are so many avenues available for companies to reach out to their prospective or current customer base. But despite the advantages mobility, the Web and social media have offered in helping organizations get their message out, it has made it easier for customers to get information easily. Sometimes that is not such a good thing.

The Good, the Bad and Net Neutrality

So the debate over net neutrality is rising again after President Obama recently said he is calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate broadband services. While the basis of the president’s argument hinges on the idea of protecting all consumers’ ability to access content through the Internet, does that make the idea of net neutrality a good one? It is fair? Will it empower consumers and users, or handcuff service providers and innovation?

The Single Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

Most solution provider leaders started out working in an IT shop somewhere. They obviously have the technical know-how and vision to see where the industry is going and have developed the skillsets to get their customers there.

Cloud Barriers Fall But Challenges Rise

By all accounts, cloud computing is the future of the IT industry and will touch every business and consumer in some way, shape or form. That is not to say that every IT function will be transformed over to the cloud, nor should be, but application by application businesses are embracing cloud technologies because of the low barrier of entry, efficiency and flexibility it creates.

Top 10 Cloud Computing Myths

Deal in the cloud? No doubt you've heard at least one of these top 10 cloud computing myths, laid out by Gartner.

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