Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker is a writer-editor for ZDNet, and sister sites CNET and CBS News. He is based in the New York newsroom. His PGP key is: EB6CEEA5.

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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GroupSwim brings intelligence to enterprise

GroupSwim brings intelligence to enterprise

 I recently ran through a demonstration of GroupSwim, a service that provides intelligent collaboration for small groups of between 50-1,000 users. The service includes blogs, RSS, rich media plus the ability to upload files of pretty much any kind.

May 22, 2008 by in Storage

European on-demand accounting vendors breaking the dam?

European on-demand accounting vendors breaking the dam?

Since I am based in Europe and come from a finance background, I have a special interest in what happens in this part of the world. Over the last couple of years, I've been consistently told by 'experts' that saas/on-demand business applications (and especially those that are finance related) will take another 5-10 years before becoming mainstream.

May 13, 2008 by in Banking

Spigit mashes up social software to reveal innovation

Spigit mashes up social software to reveal innovation

Take the idea of community, sprinkle liberally with process, add a dash of prediction market thinking and a soupcon of reputation analysis, stir gently without too much mashing and you have InnovationSpigit.I really like this idea because it solves one of the main problems facing large organizations attempting to figure which are the best ideas to take forward.

April 30, 2008 by in Innovation

Zoho's Chinese bet

Zoho's Chinese bet

Zoho today announced it has entered a white label distribution deal with Baihui for distribution of its applications in China. Today, the deal includes Writer, Sheet, Show and CRM under Baihui's branding.

April 24, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

SalesView from InsideView: feature or product?

SalesView from InsideView: feature or product?

 I've had several conversations with InsideView in an effort to understand how its recently released SalesView product fits into the scheme of enterprise applications. Described as leveraging the convergence between social media and enterprise applications, SalesView is designed to provide sales people with fine grained information about prospects.

April 21, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

SocialText moves the collaboration goalposts

SocialText moves the collaboration goalposts

 I caught up with Ross Mayfield, president of SocialText today to discuss its new products, SocialText Dashboard and SocialText People. Ross believes that wikis are the foundation for collaboration within the enterprise and that Dashboard and People represent the next iteration in the way people will work.

April 17, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Coghead Gallery signals new opportunities for developers

Coghead Gallery signals new opportunities for developers

Paul McNamara, Coghead's CEO briefed Phil Wainewright and I the other day about today's announcement of the Coghead Gallery. While the concept of code exchange has been around for a while, to date there's not been an efficient way for the small development shop to discover code it might wish to re-use in larger applications or distribute.

April 15, 2008 by in Developer

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