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

Oracle's double standards

Oracle has (allegedly) invited 30 bloggers to its Oracle OpenWorld event. Yay - they get the value of independent analysis...

October 14, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Lawson Software's comedy department

I'm always amused when a software company demonstrates a sense of humor. Courtesy of Thomas Otter, this video should cheer anyone up on a Monday morning.

October 14, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Oracle's anonymous supporters

Vinnie Mirchandani's note that Oracle Fusion will be delayed drew anonymous responses from Oracle IP addresses. Example:No major enhancements were planned for the acquired products?

October 12, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Forget Facebook think Plaxo

Today's center of attention is upon Google's acquisition of Jaiku and what it means for every man and his dog. In the meantime people forget about Plaxo.

October 9, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Seesmic for enterprise?

Loic LeMeur's Seesmic has the ingredients to be a hit - inside the enterprise. Mike Arrington and Ben Metcalfe have rendered their respective cautious verdicts and it would be remiss of me to sound overexcited.

October 8, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Combining SAP and BusinessObjects

Henning Kagermann, CEO of SAP and John Schwartz, CEO of BusinessObjects today parried questions about SAPs proposed acquisition of BusinessObjects but as always we are left with open questions. The most significant part of the discussion cut across several questions Larry Dignan left hanging in the wind earlier today:Can SAP digest a large acquisition?

October 8, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


SAP's acquiring Business Objects: 1st take

SAP's proposed acquisition of Business Objects is an interesting move on a number of fronts:It provides a fresh route to achieving the 100,000 customer target that Leo Apotheker has previously described as 'aspirational.' While there is significant overlap, BusinessObjects' 44,000 customers as a top line number is impressive.

October 7, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Watch out, there's a Dopplr about

If you've not heard of Matt Biddulph, CTO of Dopplr then I'm guessing you will. He is building out a socially aware travel application that is currently in beta.

October 4, 2007 by Dennis Howlett


Note to KM people: KISS

My post on ROI produced a series of responses from Luis Suarez. Great stuff well argued but missing the point.

October 4, 2007 by Dennis Howlett