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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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Enterprise 2.0 solution reduces email abuse

November 20, 2008 by in Collaboration

Enterprise 2.0 solution reduces email abuse

We now live in a day and age where we can expect to get dozens, if not hundreds of emails a day. Most of these you'll find are replies and forwarded emails - emails which you have already responded to and are following up, or emails which have been passed onto you because you're more of a relevant person to deal with it.

JobBlogs: Facebook for business

November 12, 2008 by in Cloud

JobBlogs: Facebook for business

I've been a little busy over the last few weeks, but it hasn't all been drinking and partying. I've been looking into JobBlogs, which has a highly innovative SaaS appliance, which blends together customer relation management and project management, with social media within business as a main selling point, into one central application.

Would you flip to Microsoft?

November 7, 2008 by in Microsoft

Would you flip to Microsoft?

The announcement of BizSpark didn't get a huge amount of attention and I'm not surprised. After 24 years of running Wintel based systems I flipped to Mac and have never missed anything Microsoft offered.

Trade show horrors

November 4, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Trade show horrors

The global sales VP of an enterprise software company once told me that 70% of his salesforce are D-graders the company had to constantly winnow. Tip up at a trade conference and you'll see them in abundance.

No recession in Joyent's cloud

October 31, 2008 by in Cloud

No recession in Joyent's cloud

 Rod Boothby at Joyent (disclosure: Rod is also a fellow Irregular) sent me the above graph showing how Joyent is profiting from the downturn in the economy. The reasons are not hard to fathom.

LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

October 29, 2008 by in Networking

LinkedIn's apps: good idea but...

Larry Dignan offers his view on the announcement that LinkedIn has added in a bundle of applications designed to enhance the platform. Larry is mildly dismissive, suggesting that:I wouldn’t call these applications exactly enterprise class, but could be useful in the corporate environment.

SlideRocket presents from the cloud

October 28, 2008 by in Microsoft

SlideRocket presents from the cloud

Something that I can't seem to avoid when writing a post on here are the words, "collaboration", "interoperability" and "productivity". These are, however, essential parts in the enterprise industry and a step closer to a fully fledged Enterprise 2.

The Expense Tracker: as it should be

October 27, 2008 by in Banking

The Expense Tracker: as it should be

Earlier today I spoke with Eric Tippetts, VP of marketing at VOICE2Insights, a Utah based company that has developed The Expense Tracker. This is a voice activated system that helps you to record expenses as you go.

Hands up who's tired of Twitter?

October 19, 2008 by in Banking

Hands up who's tired of Twitter?

While I didn't have time to reflect on the top management changes at Twitter last week, I'm not surprised. Jack Dorsey and Ev Williams have swapped seats for one reason: Jack's a code jock and Ev's the biz guy.

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