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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LeWeb3: innovation in Paris

Tomorrow sees the start of LeWeb3, the largest innovation conference of its kind held in Europe. Devised by Loic LeMeur and now in its fourth year, LeWeb3 has attracted 1,793 registrants (at the last count).

December 10, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Why the Blog Council is a dangerous idea

When I read Dan Farber's piece about the newly formed Blog Council the ol' BS detectors went on high alert. Unlike the blogerati that pounced on the idea declaring it bad, I believe it is dangerous.

December 9, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Enterprise apps not sexy?

Robert Scoble wonders why enterprise applications aren't sexy but in the process makes the fundamental mistake of assuming you can compare consumer to business in the blog model:Instead, let’s look at the business of journalism or even of blogging. We’re paid to deliver page views.

December 9, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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SAPs GRC challenge

While I was unable to attend SAPs Influencers' Summit, there were interesting snippets of conversation on the Twitter channel between Mike Krigsman, James Governor and myself. From what Mike said, the GRC (governance, risk and compliance) session was not particularly well attended.

December 5, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Customer intimacy not strong at SAP

Just as my fellow Irregulars are getting ready to tackle SAP executives at the company's 'Influencers' Summit' in Boston comes a mea culpa from Steve Rogers, SAP UK's managing director. According to a report from Stuart Lauchlan, Rogers said at the company's recent UK user conference:"When I joined, I was surprised at how remote SAP felt from its customers.

December 3, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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UK personal banking data for sale

Evidence is coming to light that personal banking details of British citizens are being offered as free trials by criminals operating over the internet. According to the TimesOnline: Without paying a single penny, The Times downloaded banking information belonging to 32 people, including a High Court deputy judge and a managing director.

December 3, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Africa - not fit for sourcing business?

My Irregular colleague Jason Busch - who is an acknowledged thought leader on sourcing stepped on a landmine (metaphorically speaking) in writing off Africa as a continent with which to do business:In my view, we would all do well to invest our tourism dollars in a continent as beautiful as Africa, not to mention our charity donations for medical care, safe drinking water and nutrition programs -- among other causes -- in the region.

December 2, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Six Apart sells LiveJournal for c. $30 million

Speculation has been rife over at TechCrunch but sources close to events (as they say) have confirmed that Six Apart has sold LiveJournal for around $30 million to Russia's SUP.Insiders are said to be happy with their return on a $5 million investment to a market where partners are needed but where the partnering investment was deemed too risky compared to a trade sale.

December 2, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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NetBooks plugs a big gap

NetBooks, which has recently come out of private beta is filling the saas void in the 2-25 user market. According to an article in the North Bay Business Journal, that represents some 5.

November 29, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Applying the transparency taste test

Last week I was in Berlin as the guest of SAP and Transparency International. For those that are unfamiliar, TI is a pressure group that addresses issues around corruption.

November 26, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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