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.

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The changing analyst landscape

The recent Institute of Industry Analyst Relations poll results produced some startling results. While the power hitters of Gartner, IDC and Forrester were well represented, it was the boutique groups that caught my attention.

June 3, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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The spreadsheet love affair

I never thought I'd go on a tear about Excel in these pages, but Josh Greenbaum's correct assertion that Excel is pretty much everywhere and is probably the software industry's most successful product provides the perfect foil. Josh concludes:So, like the floppy disk icon that never dies, the Excel spreadsheet lives on and on, despite advances in technology that should have buried it a long time ago.

June 3, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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If Brian likes it, it's gotta be good

My Irregular colleague Brian Sommer waxes lyrical about the OpenAir/NetSuite deal. Brian has more years' experience implementing and analyzing business applications than most others I know.

June 2, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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An Oracle nose job

In researching for an upcoming Oracle event, I stumbled across this video. It demonstrates how it is possible to install an instance of Oracle RDBMS in under an hour, simply by using your nose.

June 2, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Google's obfuscation on privacy

Does Google have something to hide? A report in the New York Times claims that:It’s the only one of the big Internet companies that doesn’t put a link to its privacy policy on its home page.

May 27, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Blog fight: on dumping email servers

Our old friend David Berlind is proposing that traditional Exchange/Notes email servers be banished in favor of Gmail, arguing that it is not a case of 'if' but 'when' enterprise starts shifting email (and calendaring) to the Internet cloud:It's only a matter of time before the remaining rub on Gmail is history and your CFO starts asking questions about that long-running cost center associated with your e-mail and calendaring systems.

May 22, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Is SAP's weakness its real strength?

Conversations with Doug Merritt, a member of SAP's executive council and the person driving Business Objects as a platform for intelligence are always entertaining. Merritt represents the unconventional, disruptive element within SAP that was in evidence during Shai Agassi's tenure.

May 22, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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SAP Business ByDesign customers quietly confident

While it is still early days, SAP Business ByDesign customers are quietly confident the service will deliver value. Earlier today, David Suntinger, corporate development at WIMA, a German engineering business with four locations employing 500 person discussed its implementation progress.

May 20, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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