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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Zoho's future in Google's hands?

Zoho's future in Google's hands?

 Earlier today, Zoho sent over an intriguing email with a whole bunch of numbers and spreadsheet demonstrating why Google in particular is not likely to be a threat to the company. It makes interesting reading.

published August 18, 2008 by

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Flypaper: flash presentations for the rest of us

Flypaper: flash presentations for the rest of us

Last week I took a peek at the unfortunately named Flypaper Pro, a product that allows the creation of high quality Flash content but without all the programming skills that are normally associated with this kind of thing. I say unfortunately named because for me, it has connotations of fly splattered bits of sticky paper hanging from various rooms when I lived in the French countryside.

published August 10, 2008 by

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Zoho's millions

Zoho's millions

 It's not often I get excited by adoption numbers but the fact Zoho has passed the million user landmark represents an outstanding achievement and a cause for celebration. Zoli Erdos, chief hand waver and Irregular chum has all the details.

published August 6, 2008 by

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Where are the expense management startups and Dirty SaaS?

Where are the expense management startups and Dirty SaaS?

My Irregular chums have been fiercely debating the need and merit of a sensible expense management solution that combines the best of online purchasing with accounting and the ability to re-bill (where appropriate.) It all started when there was a discussion around Concur and Rearden Commerce as two companies acquiring to flesh out their offerings and take strong positions in the market.

published August 3, 2008 by

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Intacct reports record growth: the analysis

Intacct reports record growth: the analysis

The other week, I started compiling a spreadsheet that shows the relative pricing for SaaS accounting style applications. It's not meant to be sophisticated but provide an indication of the range of solutions and pricing models offered in this segment of the SaaS market.

published July 30, 2008 by

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MindTouch Deki: Kilen Woods release

MindTouch Deki: Kilen Woods release

Today, MindTouch Deki announces Kilen Woods, its latest and biggest release. In conversation with co-founder Aaron Fulkerson I learned that Deki is rapidly transforming itself from being a smart wiki into what Fulkerson calls the 'connecting tissue' between applications.

published July 23, 2008 by

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Zuora: the future business model?

Zuora: the future business model?

I recently caught up with Tien Tzuo, CEO of Zuora, the billing management company that offers Z-Billing, an on-demand service. In his opinion, the business model of the future will be subscription based and this brings challenges of its own.

published July 21, 2008 by

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Qik out of private beta

Qik out of private beta

Over the weekend, Qik came out of private beta. Jennifer Leggio has all the technical details, along with some insights in Robert Scoble's outburst about how kyte.

published July 20, 2008 by

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Twitter going commercial?

Twitter going commercial?

According to Mike Arrington, there is a commercial play for Twitter in the works. During a conversation with Ev Williams, Twitter co-founder:MA: What is your revenue model?

published July 15, 2008 by

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Powerset's smarts are Microsoft's gain

Powerset's smarts are Microsoft's gain

Larry Dignan pours lukewarm water on Microsoft's acquisition of Powerset. Talking about Google's near monopoly in the search market, Larry says:Microsoft can reinvent search, but it’s still running up a natural Google monopoly.

published July 1, 2008 by

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