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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Productivity software as games?

In a thinly veiled swipe at Microsoft, Sam Lawrence, CMO at Jive Software challenges readers to question why productivity software is so clunky:Shouldn’t productivity software make us want to work? I mean, it’s goal is to make us (and our company) more productive.

March 4, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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How SAP can beat up on Oracle

Josh Greenbaum's assertion that SAP is upping the ante in the business intelligence stakes against its arch rival Oracle makes for good reading. In his piece Josh wonders:How this will all end with respect to Oracle’s and SAP’s market position is anyone’s guess at this point.

March 2, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Google averaging $66 to $99 per user on Apps?

Unravelling Google's financials is an exercise in futility. First there is only a limited breakout of information relating to each part of the business, second different reports are difficult to parse when taken in aggregate.

March 2, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Steelie Neelie slaps Microsoft with record fine

When Neelie Kroes burst on the scene as EU Commissioner for Competition with a hefty swipe at Microsoft back in 2004, my thoughts at the time were something like: 'Out of touch, doesn't get the issues.' Four years on and her agenda is unequivocal.

February 26, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Marc Benioff on AIR (and Flex plus Flash)

Yesterday, Adobe hosted Engage an invitation only event at which it showcased some of the cool things developers are doing with Flex, Flash and AIR. Robert Scoble was there with his N95 and a Qik account, filming the entire day.

February 25, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Can we cut Microsoft some slack here?

Larry Dignan nicely summarizes today's news from Microsoft:Here are the four points beaten to death today in the tech press:Ensuring open connections;Promoting data portability;Enhancing support for industry standards;Fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.I didn't think there was much to add until later in the day, I participated in a phone in episode of NewsGang.

February 21, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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NetSuite's numbers are not what they appear

During yesterday's earnings call, I was struck by the way CEO Zach Nelson got an easy ride from the Wall Street folk. Today, Jason Carter dropped a bomb which the financial folk should have spotted:Over the last 5 years this company has lost more customers than it has been able to add.

February 15, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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