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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Facebook just scared me

Facebook just scared me

When Dan Farber pinged me about the Digital Bill of Rights, I was a tad dismissive. Stuff like that usually leaves me cold - I guess it comes from years of working alongside lawyers who could fry any sane person's brains with their mental gymnastics.

September 5, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Disrupting the business SAP style

Disrupting the business SAP style

Larry Dignan has the latest update in the never-ending A1S saga but leaves some lingering questions:In the mid-market there will likely be “rental models” that resemble traditional leasing arrangements with customers. These models aren’t new, but are rare today.

September 5, 2007 by in SAP

Google's inconsistent service policies

Google's inconsistent service policies

Josh Greenbaum asserts:Google is the new evil empire – but now I really am beginning to believe it. I know that user agreements are typically ignored by most users, but anyone in the corporate world who ignores this risks seeing their IP in a Google marketing campaign, or worse.

August 28, 2007 by in Google

Robert Scoble's applecart

Robert Scoble's applecart

'Google doesn't understand social behavior' is the premise upon which Robert Scoble developed his ideas about how Mahalo, Facebook and Techmeme will trounce Google over time. I'm no more convinced than most of those who are cited on Techmeme except in one area I regard as a green field - business.

August 27, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Google Apps: hired or fired?

Google Apps: hired or fired?

While Josh Greenbaum offers robust support to Mary Jo Foley over her review of the Burton Group Report: “Google Apps in the Enterprise: A Promotion-Enhancing or Career-Limiting Move for Enterprise Architects?” I'm torn.

August 25, 2007 by in Developer

Machiavelli's approach to the 'new' IT

Machiavelli's approach to the 'new' IT

I'm indebted to David Chassels of Procession for this quote from Niccolo Machiavelli:Nothing is more difficult than to introduce a new order, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the newAnd so it is in today's software market. Organizations have spent many years and billions of dollars investing in IT, often with success that takes years to realize and then bam!

August 24, 2007 by in Oracle

SAPs 429 page lecture: who's learning what?

SAPs 429 page lecture: who's learning what?

Dan Farber's discussion of a meet up with SAPs Denis Browne could not come at a better time. Independently, I was pinged with a message from Martin Guenther at the SAP Developer Network that advised me of a 429 page Hasso Plattner lecture entitled Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry.

August 23, 2007 by in SAP

Simplifying the enterprise: the next big thing

Simplifying the enterprise: the next big thing

One of the key messages to come out of the recent Workday financials launch is the notion of modeling the business from the business reality perspective rather than the accounting oriented approach that typified many so-called ERP implementations of the 1990s and early 2000s. In the ensuing discussion among my Irregular colleagues, Jeff Nolan said:Everything emanates from the financials applications, or has an impact on.

August 22, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

OpenID for unlocking enterprise value

OpenID for unlocking enterprise value

Neville Hobson's views on OpenID struck a chord:It seems to me that OpenID is still a very early-adoption technology, the domain of serious geeks and tech enthusiasts.Well, I’m as enthusiastic as the next geek but I just don’t really get OpenID yet.

August 21, 2007 by in Tech Industry

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