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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Workday financials: accounting isn't real

Workday financials: accounting isn't real

"Accounting happens last in our system because accounting isn't real," is hardly the way you'd expect a company to describe a freshly minted financial application, but that's how Mark Nittler, vice president application strategy at Workday is pitching the company's latest offering. While it may sound bizarre, there's plenty of sense in what the company is saying.

August 19, 2007 by in Oracle

The ERP mess we're in

The ERP mess we're in

Cynthia Rettig's the Trouble with Enterprise Software, published in MIT Sloan Management Review should come as no surprise to those used to commenting on ERP implementations. Ms Rettig draws a gloomy picture asserting that: Whole systems march in lock step, providing synchronized, fully coordinated supply chains, production lines and services, just like a world class orchestra.

August 15, 2007 by in Hardware

Naming conventions for Oracle

Naming conventions for Oracle

It seems Jake Kuramoto is asking the nascent Oracle community to come up with names for it's new internal social computing service. Suggestions Jake likes include:* oracut (Like orkut, this one made me laugh.

August 14, 2007 by in Oracle

The social network penny drops at Oracle

The social network penny drops at Oracle

Courtesy of a link from Jake Kuramoto at Oracle, it seems the social networking bug has bitten inside Oracle:Oracle people desperately want to be connected to each other. We are an increasingly distributed 60,000 plus, and one of the top feature requests we’ve had is to mandate pictures.

August 12, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

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