Big Issues Facing Little Enterprises

 
 
By Elliot Markowitz  |  Posted 2005-06-20 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ziff Davis holds its SMB Solutions Virtual Tradeshow this week, focusing exclusively on the most pressing technology issues facing SMBs.

For small and midsize businesses, everything comes down to productivity, efficiency and the bottom line. This specifically rings true for technology adoption. SMBs are the backbone of todays economy. Through technology innovation and advancements, these businesses have been able to break down some of the invisible lines between themselves and Fortune-level corporations. They appear bigger to their customers, reach a wider geographic audience and, in some cases, even run an enterprise-class IT infrastructure. Even divisions inside larger organizations are able to function more autonomously and efficiently while not risking size and scale as a result of leading-edge technology. However, SMBs need help sorting out how incorporating the right business strategy around technology can enhance their operations—from server hosting and IT outsourcing, to document management and printing, to network and Internet security.
To address these issues, the Ziff Davis Media eSeminars division is hosting its SMB Solutions Virtual Tradeshow titled "Big Issues Facing Little Enterprises" on June 22 and 23. This event will bring together government officials, industry executives and leading analysts for a live, two-day online event focused exclusively on the most pressing technology issues facing SMBs.
Each day will start off with a high-profile keynote presentation, which will be followed by three panel presentations. Complete program and registration information is available at www.smb.eseminarslive.com. Michael L. Barrera, national ombudsman for the Office of the National Ombudsman, U.S. Small Business Administration, will kick of the event on June 22 with a keynote presentation focusing on programs and benefits available to SMBs. His presentation will also touch upon technology acquisition services that the SBA offers qualified organizations. Following Barreras address will be three editorial panel discussions: "Improve Productivity with the Right Enterprise Application Strategy," "Security Priorities: Get the Most Protection for Your Dollar" and "Save Time, Money and Headaches Through Better Document Management."
During these discussions, top executives representing leading consultancies, solution providers and industry research firms including Core Strategies, Advanced Systems Group and Forrester Research, along with editors from eWEEK, will tackle how SMBs handle such tough technology issues. The second day of the event, June 23, will begin with a keynote presentation by John T. Lynch Jr., senior counsel for the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. Lynch will talk about the governments effort to crack down on identity theft and Internet crimes and will give helpful IT security tips for SMB organizations. Much like the first day of the event, following Lynchs address will be a series of panel presentations, including "Keep Employees Connected at All Times with a Simple and Secure Wireless Strategy," "Looking to Save Money and Get Better IT Service? Outsourcing May Be Right for You" and "Improve Customer Satisfaction and Sales Productivity with CRM." The second day of the SMB Solutions Virtual Tradeshow will include executives and analysts from Broadcom, Dimension Data, Nacio, Ingram Micro, CompTIA, Covington Associations and ISM, as well as others. Elliot Markowitz is editorial director of Ziff Davis eSeminars. He is also editor-at-large for ChannelInsider.com. He can be reached at elliot_markowitz@ziffdavis.com.
 
 
 
 
Elliot Markowitz Elliot Markowitz is Editorial Director of Ziff Davis Media eSeminars responsible for the editorial content of all eSeminars. Markowitz is a 14-year publishing veteran and was previously Editor-in-Chief of CRM Magazine and the destinationCRM.com website and related live events. Before CRM Magazine, he was Business Editor at TechTV, responsible for helping to manage the TV station's website as well as conducting live on-air interviews with key industry executives.

Markowitz also spent 11 years with CMP Media's award-winning weekly newspaper Computer Reseller News (CRN), where he held many key editorial positions including News Editor, Business Editor, and Senior Executive Editor. In 1999 he was named Editor of CRN, responsible for the entire editorial operation of the newspaper and in charge of coordinating its redesign and re-launch in June 2000. While at CRN, Markowitz initiated many key alliances including the Industry Hall of Fame event in Las Vegas and the annual CRN/Raymond James Conference. Early in his career Markowitz was a news reporter on Long Island for the Massapequa Post.

He holds a B.A. in journalism from Hofstra University and is a graduate of the Stanford Professional Publishing Course.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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