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

NetSuite's earnings on target

In its first earnings report since the IPO, NetSuite came in pretty much on analyst expectations for the final quarter of 2007. Compared to other SaaS providers Salesforce.

February 14, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Mobile enterprise? you gotta be kidding!

I have been surprised at how few substantial business applications were on display at the Mobile World Congress. While 'edge' cases like myself would like to believe mobile applications will take on significance, it seems the mobile phone industry is way behind the innovation curve.

February 12, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Is Yahoo's! board brain dead?

What on earth was the Yahoo! board thinking that it could reject Microsoft's bid at $31 a share and come out the other side looking credible?

February 9, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Salesforce pitching to Oracle at $75 a share?

When Tom Foremski says he has a 'reliable source' you can be pretty sure he's in the know:I'm hearing from a reliable source that has approached Oracle to gauge if there is any interest in a sale at $75 a share.

February 9, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


What now for the remaining integration players?

Now that CapeClear has been scooped up by Workday, what of the handful of credible independent players left in the integration and business process management market? Fellow Irregular and investment fund manager Jason Wood had this to say:Go back and look at how TIBCO was talking up Matrix eight quarters ago, and then slowly but surely as it came time to deliver they started backing off of it, until the point when it wasn't even mentioned on the last few calls.

February 8, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Google wants to own your mobile: Not going to happen. Yet.

Last week, Robert Scoble wrote:So, every month that Microsoft and Yahoo will be stuck in some courtroom arguing out why this is a good deal means money in the bank for Google as they close mobile phone deal after mobile phone deal.Forget the courtoom thing for a moment because it won't be the rainmakers that are in court.

February 6, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


SocGen: it's worse, they knew.

The French finance ministry has slammed Société Génerale, saying they knew there were deficiencies in their approach to controlling risk prior to rogue trader Jérome Kerviel's disastrous run. Finextra reports that:French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde told reporters that SocGen failed to apply appropriate controls over Jérome Kerviel, who was allegedly able to use loopholes in controls and circumvent risk management procedures to make a series of unauthorised bets on European futures...

February 4, 2008 by Dennis Howlett