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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SAP's alternative Twitter project

Following on from my last piece about Twitter, I also spoke with Craig Cmehil, another Irregular and SAPper. For some weeks, Craig has been running a side project to develop a Twitteresque alternative for use inside the firewall.

January 31, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Why Twitter's failing

Right now, Twitter is a mess. Most of today, European users have experienced outages of varying length and even hard core Twitter fans are saying they've had enough.

January 31, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Seesmic's next steps

Seesmic, the closed beta 'video conversation ' platform that is uploading more than 4,000 videos per day today announced at Demo 2008 a series of enhancements that will see the service emerge from being an interesting social media experiment to a service that might capture the interest of major brands.Released today is the much needed conversation threading where users can see replies behind any story.

January 29, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Automattic does Twitter for business

Late this afternoon, Automattic, the folk behind Wordpress released a new theme called Prologue under the GPL that replicates Twitter's look and feel with much of what Twitter already does but with threading via comments. Why it hasn't been done before is a mystery to me although I know of several enterprise projects designed to achieve a similar effect.

January 28, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Dear Bill G: one more thing

Letter to Bill Gates:Dear BillI realize that in the run up to your retirement from Microsoft you've probably got a thousand things on your mind. You're leaving a legacy unparalleled in computing history but there is one more thing you could do that would put an emphatic and indelible stamp on the industry you love.

January 22, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


Dell XPS or MacBook Air: the shock of your life

Earlier today I saw Russell Shaw's critique of the MacBook Air where he says he prefers the Dell XPS on a cost benefit basis. I don't plan on investing in an Air because it looks way too flimsy for a keyboard pounder like me.

January 17, 2008 by Dennis Howlett


SAP-BusinessObjects: what was unsaid

The SAP-BusinessObjects go to market show was mildly interesting but left key questions unanswered. Colleagues Dan Farber and Mike Krigsman were on the call as was James Governor.

January 16, 2008 by Dennis Howlett