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

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.

September 10, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

September 8, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

September 4, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

September 1, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

August 27, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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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.

August 27, 2008 by Dennis Howlett