Who is Frank J. Ohlhorst?

ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is an award winning technology journalist, professional speaker and IT business consultant with over 25 years of experience in the technology arena. Frank has written for several leading technology publications, including ComputerWorld, TechTarget, PCWorld, ExtremeTech and Toms Hardware. Frank has also contributed to business publications, including Entrepreneur and BNET, and also has contributed to multiple technology books and has written several white papers, case studies, reviewers’ guides and channel guides for leading technology vendors.

Articles by Frank J. Ohlhorst at Channel Insider
Articles by Frank J. Ohlhorst at CRN

Frank began his career as a network administrator and applications programmer in the private sector before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.

In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank’s duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites.

Frank joined CMP Technology’s Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff. In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center’s review content into both CRN’s print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar’s, hosted sessions at CMP’s Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV. In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center’s contributions to CMP’s Channel Web online presence and CMP’s latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP’s Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV. In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events. In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group’s publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group’s specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications.

From September of 2007 to June of 2009, Frank served as Executive Technology Editor for Ziff Davis Enterprise’s eWeek, where he was responsible for creating technical content for eWeek’s Channel Insider – a B to B publication serving a solution provider audiance of over 70,000. Frank published over 240 reviews, analytical articles and other stories while at Channel Insider and was the top traffic generator for ChannelInsider.com.

Frank has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president’s award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell’s CNE, Comptia’s A+,N+, L+ and several certifications from Microsoft.

Frank can be reached at fohlhorst@gmail.com