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.

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 books are nearly closed on 2014 and it was a busy year for the IT industry: mergers and acquisitions, cloud service providers gaining steam, industry bellwethers such as HP struggling and mobile computing going deeper into professional and personal lives as witnessed by the year-end sales explosions of the latest Galaxy and Apple phones. But perhaps the biggest story of 2014, which will continue well into 2015, is the massive amount of cyberattacks on retailers, banks, celebrities and even the government.

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!

5 Tips To Make December More Productive

It’s already December and the holiday festivities are in full swing. Office and personal parties are being held. Gift-swapping events are being planned. Vacations and time off to celebrate are already approved. There is a lot to do not only personally, but also professionally.

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?

With a crippling cold front hammering the United States and the Northeast seeing record snowfall in November, most companies are turning their attention to protecting their businesses and information in case of a natural disaster. However, disturbing news broke this week that the biggest threat facing businesses and our way of life in general will most likely come from another country.

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 4

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 1

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.

Looking For Talent? 5 Benefits To Promoting Within First

Companies are constantly restructuring, reorganizing, right-sizing ... whatever you want to call it. The point is, businesses are always looking at growth opportunities and for talented people to get them there.

Top 10 Cloud Computing Myths

There is no argument that cloud computing has permeated all industries, changing the way businesses back up, store, access, secure and retrieve data. But as with any technology transformation, with this evolution also comes confusion. And where there is confusion, there is opportunity for managed service providers to supply the answers.

Voting Doesn’t Have to be Political, It’s Good For Business

The mid-term elections are less than a week away and it’s time for Americans to exercise their rights, make their voices heard and cast their votes. Even though this election year doesn’t have the grandeur of a presidential election, it’s extremely important nonetheless, and for many reasons.

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