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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RightScale cloud management extends to MySQL

RightScale cloud management extends to MySQL

RightScale, which specializes in cloud computing management for the Amazon Web Services platform today announced support for MySQL Enterprise. The service, which goes live July 1, provides automated deployment, management and scaling, coupled with MySQL Enterprise premium-level support for large database applications.

published June 25, 2008 by

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Utterz changes put it into enterprise land

Utterz changes put it into enterprise land

A couple of weeks ago, I briefly met with Simeon Margolis, co-founder of Utterz. While I like the service as a consumer I said I believed there would be significant business interest if the service allowed for sending Utterz messages direct to preferred groups that could in turn be embedded in community services like Clearspace.

published June 25, 2008 by

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Ruby on Rails: scaling to 1 billion page views per month

Ruby on Rails: scaling to 1 billion page views per month

While a lot of attention has been focused on Twitter with questions about whether Ruby on Rails scales, LinkedIn has been quietly running a RoR application on Facebook that is beating down around 1 billion page view per month. Bumpersticker, a relatively trivial Facebook application that allows you to create a cartoon that you can put on your Facebook friends' sites.

published June 23, 2008 by

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Aqilla mashes Google with accounting

Aqilla mashes Google with accounting

Following a low profile beta test period, London UK based Aqilla has come out of beta with an on-demand accounting application but with several twists. First up, its dashboard has a similar look and feel to iGoogle.

published June 2, 2008 by

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Does it blend? Zoho and Google

Does it blend? Zoho and Google

The announcement earlier today that Zoho has added an import capability for those using GoogleDocs to its Writer apps is great news. It is something I asked for a short while ago and is an excellent example of how an agile cloud computing vendor can respond to a need when everyone else is offering open APIs.

published May 28, 2008 by

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Bubble thinking

Bubble thinking

This story from Don Dodge is almost guaranteed to get the bubblehead bar-room investment experts speculating about whether we are in an investment bubble and whether it is in what Don describes as stage two where:Stage Two is more dangerous. Many people agree that we are in a bubble, but it will last another year or two, and there is still money to be made.

published May 27, 2008 by

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VITAL Phreadz

VITAL Phreadz

'Kosso,' a British programmer with many years moblogging experience has quietly launched Phreadz, a threaded multi-media service that combines the ability to post video, images, text, audio and links, hence the VITAL moniker.Today Phreadz is in closed, invite only alpha with a small number of users testing the system.

published May 27, 2008 by

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Firescope crushes the BSM price point

Firescope crushes the BSM price point

Earlier today I spoke with Mark Lynd, president of Firescope, a company that's trying with very little funding - $4 million at the last count - to bring Business Service Mangement (BSM) to the mass of smaller enterprises. Earlier in the week, the company launched BSM-Business Edition at a starting price point of $2,450.

published May 23, 2008 by

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More reasons why Twitter won't make it to the enterprise

More reasons why Twitter won't make it to the enterprise

I've written before about Twitter's lack of understanding about scaling issues (which is a lot more than simply size) but today I learned that Twitter doesn't bother enforcing its own terms of service. Ariel Waldman's treatment by Twitter is a model case study in how to mess up customer service.

published May 22, 2008 by

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