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.

IBM May Have Won the Battles, But Apple Won the War

It was a battle that raged nearly as long as the cold war ... okay, maybe not that long, but is sure seems it: IBM (IBM) vs. Apple (AAPL). IBM had its legacy, installed base, name recognition and billions in R&D to fight off Apple in corporate America. And it worked for a long time.

Got the Flu? Stay Home!

The flu season is almost upon us, and along with it are those infected employees who show up at work regardless of their symptoms, sharing their misery and germs with the rest of us. There also are those companies that embrace such actions. Let's call out both groups: Their actions are stupid and selfish, plain and simple.

Tablet Sales Slowing, But Keep Your Mobility Shingle Hanging

Don’t be fooled. Tablet sales may be slowing, but the mobile migration is continuing. As a solution provider you need to continue sharpening your mobile device management, integration and security service skills, because that is where the market is still heading.

To Fire or Not to Fire? Dealing with Unproductive Workers

Troubled employees lead to troubled companies. But when is it the right time to throw in the towel with an employee?

Best of Times, Worst of Times: A Tale of Two HPs

After year of industry debate among IT experts, researchers, leaders, pundits and even inside Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) itself as to whether the company should get out of the PC and printing business, the company finally made a choice. Or did it really?

Choose Your Managers Carefully

What is a manager? What are the responsibilities of a manager? How has that changed and evolved over the years as different generations of employees have different behavioral patterns and ways of being motivated? This last question is crucial for today’s businesses because the future rides on embracing the differences between Generation X, Y and, now, millennials. And let’s face it. Not everyone is up to the task.

Finding Joy in the Job

Most people don't particularly get joy or tremendous satisfaction out of their work. After all, there's a reason why it's called a job. If you are one of those who enjoys your work, consider yourself fortunate.

Kudos to Apple, Google on Privacy Protection

Data protection is top of mind for every solution provider. No matter the system being deployed or serviced, data security can never be compromised. One breach, such as what Home Depot is currently experiencing, can ruin an organization’s reputation and business to a point of no return.

Debunking The Habits of Highly Productive People 1

“The early bird gets the worm.” “Keep your nose to the grindstone.” “Hard work beats talent.” We have all heard these expressions and many more emphasizing the importance of hard work and the character and success that follows. Even Thomas Jefferson said, “I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

Ellison’s Departure Signals End of an Era, Dawn of New IT Age

If Paul Simon wrote technology jingles, instead of singing, “Where have you gone Joe Dimaggio?" he may have sung, “Where have you gone Larry Ellison?” Or, “Where have you gone Steve Jobs?” or Bill Gates, or Steve Ballmer, or Scott McNealy, or Andy Grove, or Charles Wang, or Philippe Kahn, or Jim Manzi ...

In an Uncertain Economy, it Pays to Push Forward

The economic environment is looking dim. Companies are not hiring at the rate previously expected, more Baby Boomers are leaving the workforce and small businesses are not getting the access to credit they need. Add to this escalated tension in the Mideast and the uncertainty still surrounding the Affordable Healthcare Act, and you have a climate making companies gun-shy about making any capital investments or increase spending on anything.

Managed Print Services: Low Entry Barrier, High Opportunity

Solution providers are always asking how they can continue to push their business model forward. They are looking to align their skill sets with where the market is growing, but need to find the lowest barrier of entry.

5 Ways to Navigate Through the Communications Chaos

The business world is rapidly changing. Mobile devices, cloud computing, the retirement of Baby Boomers and the influx of Millennials are all having an impact on the way organizations communicate internally and with their customers. The new Apple devices hitting the market will only accelerate this. There may be no “I” in team, but every team has someone with an iPhone, iPod or, coming soon, iWatch (or call it by its proper name, the Apple Watch).

Why the Channel Should Care About Apple’s Big News

Apple’s (AAPL) much-hyped new product unveiling next week is causing quite a buzz around the entire world. The question for solution providers is, however, should they even care?

3 Tips To Make Budget Season Go Smoother

It’s that time of year again: Kids are back at school and CFOs and business managers are scrambling to create their 2015 budgets. Every year it seems the budget process in most companies gets hijacked regardless of schedules, plans, meetings and good intentions to stay on track.

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