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.

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

Latest Posts

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.

August 27, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

August 24, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

August 24, 2008 by


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.

August 21, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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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.

August 20, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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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.

August 18, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

August 10, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

August 6, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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