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

Welcome Zack and other good stuff

We're beefing up resources by adding in Zack Whittaker as a contributor. For those that don't know, Zack is already contributing under the iGeneration banner.

August 5, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

August 3, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

July 30, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

July 23, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

July 21, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

July 20, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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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?

July 15, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Enterprise 2.0 looking more like 1.0?

As the hype (and confusion) over social networking and all things X2.0 accelerates, it seems that the PR/marketing techniques that dominated the late 1990's are back in fashion.

July 14, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


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.

July 1, 2008 by Dennis Howlett