Elliot Markowitz

Elliot
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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.

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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.

Phishing Attacks Keeping IT Execs Up At Night 

IT executives have a lot to worry about. With malware attacks running wild in 2014 and even more expected in 2015, it is a wonder they sleep at all.

That is why more than ever, managed service providers need to step up their security end game. Regardless of focus—mobile solutions, communications, server virtualization, network monitoring, etc.—security needs to Job 1.

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.

The Clinton Email Controversy: 3 Business Takeaways

The Hillary Clinton email scandal has been front-page news for more than a week, and by the looks of the brief press conference she gave at the United Nations, it's not going away anytime soon. There are still too many questions left unanswered:

Tips To Finding the Right Vendor Partner

It’s a decision every managed service provider must make: which vendors to represent and support in the marketplace and which vendors to stay away from. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly and there are many steps in the process.

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.

The Very Bad Idea of Net Neutrality 2

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.

Once Customer Service Complaints Hit Social Media, the Game is Over

All companies like to declare customer service is their top priority. However, in most cases that just isn’t the case. Profits are the top priority—and rightly so. Businesses are in business to, well, make money.

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.

3 Surefire Ways to Make Your Sales Meetings More Effective

Most sales professionals don’t look forward to their organization’s annual sales meeting, and for good reason. Most of the time they are filled with corporate presentations on market positioning, processes and unreachable sales goals. Plus, time not spent in front of customers and wrapped in multiple-day internal meetings are about as demotivating for a sales professional as it gets.

Mobile Malware: The New Security Frontier

It’s a lot like watching a horror film. The teen stupidly goes into the dark room alone whimpering instead of just running out of the house. The creepy music starts playing, getting louder and faster, louder and faster. The audience knows what is going to happen. Then, wham! The psychotic killer predictably attacks. Yet, the audience is shocked.

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.

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