Zack Whittaker

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

Dennis Howlett

Dennis Howlett has been providing comment and analysis on enterprise software since 1991 in a variety of European trade and professional journals including CFO Magazine, The Economist and Information Week. Today, apart from being a full time blogger on innovation for professional services organisations, he is a founding member of Enterprise Irregulars and an investor in a European start-up. Prior to, Dennis was technology and tax partner in a British firm of Chartered Accountants for 10 years. Prior to that held various senior finance roles across a broad range of industries.

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The enterprise startup conundrum

The enterprise startup conundrum

Larry Dignan's article about enterprise startups is an excellent primer for those wanting to pitch Zack and I but there are other issues I'd like to surface. Especially that which talks to the Silicon Valley echo chamber.

published September 10, 2008 by

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Yammer - another nice T4E but no cigar

Yammer - another nice T4E but no cigar

In time honored Gartner fashion, I'm now using T4E as a TLA (Three Letter Acronym) to describe 'Twitter 4 Enterprise' style services that are coming out the woodwork at a rapid rate of knots. This time around it's Yammer, which provides a private form of messaging for use inside the firewall.

published September 8, 2008 by

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SocialCast: enterprise Twitter/FriendFeed mashup

SocialCast: enterprise Twitter/FriendFeed mashup

SocialCast has revamped its group comms service, given it a facelift, aligned itself more closely to consumery apps like Twitter and FriendFeed and then given it an enterprise twist. As far as I am aware, this is the first enterprise facing application that has gotten close to what I have long thought is the way to go for microblogging and information sharing in an enterprise environment.

published September 4, 2008 by

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The utility of Ubiquity

The utility of Ubiquity

It's a bit of a stretch to pigeon hole something coming out of Mozilla labs as appropriate to the start-up genre that Alley espouses but Ubiquity is such a useful Firefox add-in that I believe it is well worth attention on these pages.There's plenty of debate around mashups but many of the available tools remain firmly in the hands of geeks.

published September 1, 2008 by

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GoBootstrap: simplifying SME accounting

GoBootstrap: simplifying SME accounting

I'm keen to see startups in the accounting for small business space. Part of that is because I spent more years than I care to remember in finance roles, part is in the belief that accounting systems that reflect a 600 year old methodology are well past their sell by date.

published August 27, 2008 by

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Hero of the week: Mike McDerment

Hero of the week: Mike McDerment

It's rare for me to pick out individuals but Mike McDerment CEO of FreshBooks deserves attention by anyone in the startup game and especially those trying to develop business applications. I first came across Mike some two years ago when FreshBooks had about 70,000 registrants.

published August 27, 2008 by

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Tweetrush for enterprise?

Tweetrush for enterprise?

Much has already been said about Tweetrush, the service that allows you to get statistics on your personal Twitter usage. I particularly liked Bernie Goldbach's commentary where, among other things, he says:Tweetrush is Sweet Infoporn.

published August 27, 2008 by

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Get those ToS sorted

Get those ToS sorted

The spat between WidgetLaboratory and Ning highlights one of the running sores in the current rush to all things 2.0: no-one and I mean no-one has given enough thought to how Terms of Service (ToS) are going to operate in the real world once cloud based services start to scale and third parties tangle with each other.

published August 24, 2008 by

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Web archiving enterprises: keep trying

Web archiving enterprises: keep trying

Through my keen observations, deep procrastination and occasional drunken ramblings, there are three things which annoy me about a service or product before I even use them. These three things, from a consumer's point of view, are the following:having a product with a stupid name;a blatant disregard to standard English and not capitalising the first letter of their product or company name - a noun;having a company which uses a ccTLD which magically incorporates the product name: del.

published August 24, 2008 by

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Zoho Share(point?)

Zoho Share(point?)

If there's one thing I really like it is what I term 'self evident' applications. These are apps that have a clear purpose and which are blindingly simple to use.

published August 21, 2008 by

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ModelSheet: good in theory, needs more work

ModelSheet: good in theory, needs more work

Modelsheet is pitched as a product that is supposed to make the development of complex models much easier than the default 'Excel way.' In theory it removes a number of the steps necessary to ensure data accuracy and template integrity.

published August 20, 2008 by

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