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.

Companies Still Relying Too Much on 'Old School' Communications 1

The world is going mobile fast and it is not going to slow down. For organizations to keep up, they need to embrace the way their customers and employees communicate. This is specifically true when working with Millennials entering the workplace.

Taylor Swift 1, Apple 0

No one likes a bully. And at some point there is always a tougher kid on the block.

Making the Most of Your Corporate Meetings

It’s a staple of the business world: The yearly—or sometimes a little more frequently—gathering of all employees or a certain group. It involves flying employees into a specific location, hotel nights, dinners, booking conference rooms and other venues.

Tech Industry Rallies Round Trade Agenda, But Should It?

The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority agenda after failing to do so the week before and the bill will now head to the Senate where there is no guarantee it will survive.

IT Customer Service on the Rise

Over the years, IT customer service as gotten a bad reputation. Most employees would blame their IT department automatically when something went wrong with their device, computer or network.

Customer Experience Priorities Shifting

Service providers, pay attention: Customers are changing their priorities and technology is the catalyst.

Top Security Areas Solution Providers Must Focus on 1

Security breaches are running wild. By all accounts, 2014 was the most active year for hackers, spammers and cyber criminals, and all experts agree that 2015 will be even worse.

China Hacking Scandal Provides Opportunities For Solution Providers

Winston Churchill once said, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." However, most people usually attribute that to quote to former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who a few years ago actually said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste."

Internet of Things Spending Exploding

Good news for service providers. The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain steam with businesses embracing the scalability, efficiencies and opportunities it presents.


In fact, the IoT is expected to increase to $1.7 trillion by 2020 from $655.8 billion last year, according to new research by International Data Corp. This amounts to a 16.9 percent compound annual growth rate.

Symantec Maintains Strong Lead in Security Software, McAfee Gaining Ground

The worldwide security market continues to grow, to no surprise, and Symantec continues to dominate the landscape. However, Symantec’s lead is narrowing as other vendors grow market share. Those are the most recent findings, according to IT research company Gartner.

Tech Jobs on the Rise, and They’re Paying Well 

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows continued disappointment in the job market. Although non-farm employees added 223,000 jobs in April compared to what the BLS originally believed was 126,000 in March, the number was below what expected. Adding insult to injury, the BLS also corrected its March figures to just 85,000 jobs added.

Service Provider Dilemma: How to Manage Contractors Efficiently

No service provider can be all things to all customers. At some point it has to make a decision to acquire the appropriate skill sets to fill the need, partner with another service provider for a specific project or not offer that particular service.

SBA Makes it Easier to Access Capital Online

Earlier this month President Obama proclaimed the week of May 4-8 as Small Business Week to celebrate the impact small businesses have had on the country and raise awareness of their needs. This year’s theme was “Dream Big, Start Small” and incorporated a slew of live events and webcasts focusing on many entrepreneurial topics such as trade, lending for small businesses, veteran support, targeting millennial entrepreneurs and innovation.

CompTIA Forms Emerging Technologies Committee

For more than 30 years CompTIA has been an advocate for the channel providing resellers, VARs and solution providers with the latest training and certification, interactive live forums to help shape vendor programs and lobbying on their behalf on Capitol Hill.

3 Benefits to Outsourcing, if Done Correctly 6

Many people when they hear the word “outsourcing” they immediately think of jobs elimination, deep cost-cutting and subpar customer service. But the facts are that if done right, outsourcing certain functions should create more opportunities and help grow a company.

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