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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TomorrowNow in turmoil: quo vadis 3PM?

When the news broke that several execs including CEO Andrew Nelson have been turfed out at TomorrowNow and the company might be up for sale, I can't say I was wholly surprised. Given the specifics of the lawsuit, senior heads had to roll (even though I personally believe they are innocent of wrongdoing) and holiday periods are always a good a time to drip out bad news.

November 19, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Charles Phillips' troubling keynote

At some 5,500 miles distance, there is always a risk of getting the wrong end of the stick in parsing keynotes. Fortunately, some of my Irregular colleagues had the benefit of a meeting with Oracle president Charles Phillips.

November 12, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Subtle change at Oracle: old meets new

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have a tendency to poke fun at Oracle and I'm not always kind. I've repeatedly asserted they 'don't get' but that's an opinion I may have to revise.

November 8, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Twittering the news

In what is rapidly (OK, it's happened three times in the last few days), Twitter is taking on a role that I'm sure its inventors never conceived. Last week, Robert Scoble offered to pose questions at the Google OpenSocial press conference.

November 5, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


OpenSocial - a first enterprise take

While the OpenSocial press conference was ongoing, Irregulars Mike Krigsman, Susan Scrupski and I used Twitter to pepper Robert Scoble with questions. Listening to David Berlind's podcast recording of proceedings, the event seemed badly organized with no attempt to manage inbound callers.

November 1, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Jon gets his Face(book) back

Remember Jon Swift's problem with Facebook? I just received a personal email from Jon Swift where he shared the following email:Hi Jon,Upon further review, we have decided to reactivate your account.

November 1, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Facebook's Orwellian customer service

It's well known that corporate culture and tone are set by top management. Many of my colleagues enjoy riffing on Oracle as being the embodiment of CEO Larry Ellison's variation of the Art of War.

October 31, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Why should investors dictate at BEA?

Last week, Larry Dignan said this of BEA:BEA is playing a dangerous game–especially if you believe no other company wants it at that price. BEA may be a leading middleware company, but the writing is on the wall: Girth wins in enterprise software.

October 31, 2007 by Dennis Howlett