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 Business ByDesign go to market

One of the niggling questions about SAP's Business ByDesign is just how the heck it is going to reach the numbers it says it wants to achieve. 10,000 new customers a year by 2010, many coming from this market, is ambitious.

October 2, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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ROI is so Business 1.0: not

As social computing technologies start to make their presence felt in larger enterprises, the ROI question looms large in people's minds. Or rather the CFOs mind.

October 1, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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NetSuite nightmares

One of the presumptions about SAPs entry to the mid-market on-demand scene with Business ByDesign is that NetSuite will benefit from the halo effect. I'm not so sure.

September 27, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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UK users give QuickBooks 2008 the raspberry

A 'first looks' piece about the UK edition of QuickBooks 2008 on the UKs AccountingWeb site has drawn a succession of criticisms and a huge raspberry from professional advisors who are key influencers in the UKs SMB accounting market. Upgrades are seen as potentially tortuous and pricing comes in for criticism, one commenter said:As a user of QuickBooks for the last 14 years and as a QuickBooks Professional Advisor, I have recently received my copy of QuickBooks Accountant 2008 from Intuit.

September 24, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Business ByDesign: the partnering opportunity

As the excitement around Business ByDesign dies down, the questions start flowing. While at the event, Brian Sommer and Charlie Wood asked Leo Apotheker two of the most intriguing questions centering on the partnering opportunity.

September 21, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Business ByDesign: an Irregular verdict

After a long day and intense series of discussions with SAP executives, the Enterprise Irregulars parsed immediate impressions of Business ByDesign. The general mood was one of quiet approval for a product set that is, as the company claims, a complete on-demand offering.

September 20, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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SAP's 100,000 customers by 2010: 'aspirational'

During the launch of Business ByDesign, SAP said that it expects to achieve a run rate of adding 10,000 BBD customers a year by 2010. This raised questions about whether SAP will reach its previously stated target of 100,000 customers by 2010.

September 20, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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SAP's slow hand A1S play

On the one hand, SAP is readying itself for a volume play, looking to ramp up to 'thousands of customers.' On on the other hand, Henning Kagermann is not promising investors Web 2.0 style viral sales miracles. Viewed from an investment analyst position, nothing could be worse

September 18, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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Sage to be acquired?

Sage, the UK's largest independent software vendor has become the subject of takeover speculation. Last week, rumors were swirling that Sage was being courted by Infosys.

September 18, 2007 by Dennis Howlett

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