Dennis Howlett

Dennis Howlett is a 40 year veteran in enterprise IT, working with companies large and small across many industries. He endeavors to inform buyers in a no-nonsense manner and spares no vendor that comes under his microscope.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

LeWeb sold out

Much to my surprise but relief LeWeb 2008 has sold out. That's what Loic LeMeur told me the other evening.

December 3, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Enterprise 2.0 solution reduces email abuse

We now live in a day and age where we can expect to get dozens, if not hundreds of emails a day. Most of these you'll find are replies and forwarded emails - emails which you have already responded to and are following up, or emails which have been passed onto you because you're more of a relevant person to deal with it.

November 20, 2008 by


JobBlogs: Facebook for business

I've been a little busy over the last few weeks, but it hasn't all been drinking and partying. I've been looking into JobBlogs, which has a highly innovative SaaS appliance, which blends together customer relation management and project management, with social media within business as a main selling point, into one central application.

November 12, 2008 by

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Would you flip to Microsoft?

The announcement of BizSpark didn't get a huge amount of attention and I'm not surprised. After 24 years of running Wintel based systems I flipped to Mac and have never missed anything Microsoft offered.

November 7, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Trade show horrors

The global sales VP of an enterprise software company once told me that 70% of his salesforce are D-graders the company had to constantly winnow. Tip up at a trade conference and you'll see them in abundance.

November 4, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


No recession in Joyent's cloud

 Rod Boothby at Joyent (disclosure: Rod is also a fellow Irregular) sent me the above graph showing how Joyent is profiting from the downturn in the economy. The reasons are not hard to fathom.

October 31, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

Larry Dignan offers his view on the announcement that LinkedIn has added in a bundle of applications designed to enhance the platform. Larry is mildly dismissive, suggesting that:I wouldn’t call these applications exactly enterprise class, but could be useful in the corporate environment.

October 29, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


SlideRocket presents from the cloud

Something that I can't seem to avoid when writing a post on here are the words, "collaboration", "interoperability" and "productivity". These are, however, essential parts in the enterprise industry and a step closer to a fully fledged Enterprise 2.

October 28, 2008 by