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.

Latest Posts

SAP: build to flip?

Executives from SAP added more color on the decision to decelerate the rollout of Business ByDesign, it increasingly looks like the management is moving more firmly into sales mode with a view to enhancing profitability.Several times during the day, board members Leo Apotheker and Henning Kagermann, the joint CEOs referred to sticking with development of the core suite and not racing off into innovations like Web 2.

May 19, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Workday: a tipping point?

Larry Dignan is enthusiastic about Workday's 200,000 person deal it won to supply Flextronics with HR functionality, adding in the Chiquita 26,000 person deal as validation for what he suggests is a 'tipping point' for Workday. I'm a little more cautious.

May 14, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


HP to take out EDS: does it make sense?

We've heard these rumors before but this time it seems HP is in serious hunting mode with EDS as the target. Larry Dignan offers his take on the rationale behind the story.

May 12, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Business ByDesign: the Irregular verdict

I've hung back on posting my thoughts on Business ByDesign for several reasons. When I wrote my pre-Sapphire08 conference story, it was clear this would dominate the Irregulars' questions.

May 7, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Diggnation for enterprise?

The cool kids in Silicon Valley think they have all the fun? Check this out: Diggnation for Enterprise featuring SAP's Bill McDermott, Henning Kagermann and Leo Apotheker at SAPPHIRE08 in Orlando.

May 6, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


SAP BPM - business fail?

On Sunday I sat through a day of SAP sponsored discussions around business process management as part of the company's ramp up to Sapphire08. In and among the presentations, Ginger Gatling, SAP NetWeaver BPM product manager introduced the packed room to Galaxy - aka SAP's NetWeaver Business Process Management environment.

May 6, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


The changing SAP culture

As Henning Kagermann, SAP's co-CEO prepares for what will probably be his swansong keynote speech at SAPPHIRE 2008 and Leo Apotheker, CEO-in-waiting prepares for the transfer in power, still a year away, a group of the Enterprise Irregulars were able to contrast the different styles of these two industry leaders.Henning Kagermann is the consummate business manager.

May 5, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Instrumenting social responsibility

As I'm sitting in an Orlando hotel idly flicking through RSS, I come across this guest post by Stacey Monk on Go Big Always. To cut a long story short:After all, I’m the perhaps crazy person who, after a trip to Africa last year, left a really successful career in consulting to found a new nonprofit called Epic Change.

May 2, 2008 by Dennis Howlett