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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Tech spending headed for a slump?

There's an old investment adage: When Wall Street sneezes, London catches a cold and some of my UK colleagues are already complaining about 'man flu.' Economic indicators coming out of the UK suggest the technology sector could be in for a rough ride during 2008.

January 1, 2008 by Dennis Howlett

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Benazir Bhutto assassinated: Twitter's utility

If anyone needed convincing of Twitter's business utility, today is that day.As I write this post, the Twittersphere is going nuts over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto which occurred around 5.

December 26, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Forget predictions, get a wishlist

At this time of the year, pundits of all stripes seek to grab attention by appearing sage and wise by making predictions for the coming year. Heck, I've done it myself - and lived to regret such pretensions.

December 26, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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SAP doesn't do cool stuff - right? Wrong!

 I'm not a vendor shill but this is one serious piece of goodness from SAP and perfect fare for the season of goodwill when you just know hospitals and emergency services are going to be busting at the seams.

December 20, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Twitter is useful

It's not often I call out my fellow Irregulars (we usually have those arguments in our Google Group) but on this occasion, Mike Krigsman has got this notion that 'Twitter is dangerous' wrong to the point of scaremongering.Mike uses the example of confidential information leaking out.

December 19, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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A great day for Larry Ellison

Earlier in the day, Larry Ellison, CEO at Oracle was crowing about the company's Q2 results. Larry Dignan reported the numbers but in amongst the commentary, the company claimed to have made 365 direct wins against SAP.

December 19, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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I'm a weirdo, I live in The Cloud

A statistically unsound study shows that comparatively few PC  people have heard of, let alone use online applications As sure as night follows day and the blogs go bonkers. Attention is naturally directed towards a Google v Microsoft shoot out.

December 18, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Vendor relationship management: viable or theory?

While at LeWeb3, I caught Doc Searls session entitled "Turning the tables: What happens when the users are in charge." Doc is co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and widely regarded as a leading thinker on customer relationships.

December 17, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Checking the pulse of enterprise social computing

At todays' LeWeb 3, Marc Canter asked a panel drawn from Google, Netvibes, Plum and the European Energy Forum whether we're ready for radical change in the context of bringing the social to software. In his pre-session blog post, Marc said:The paradigm of social networking works great for dating, having fun and discovering new and old friends.

December 11, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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IT transformation - it's about destroying fiefdoms

Larry Dignan thinks the key to IT transformation success is having the CEOs attention:These big technology architecture overhauls require CEO participation and folks like Cisco CEO John Chambers are on board. The CEO also can’t blink when your SOA/consolidation/automation project doesn’t go well.

December 11, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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