It's time to go.

It's time to go.

Summary: My time at ZDNet is done. This is a personal choice. See you on the other side...


I pride myself on knowing when to say goodbye. There is never a right time, and these things often come out of the blue. But my time at ZDNet is done.

It is a personal decision and not one foisted upon me by the business in any way. Anyone who believes otherwise can take a proverbial hike.

I need to move on to other things, and a confluence of events simply accelerated that decision. 

I've written close to 900 posts over the last goodness knows how many years—I've lost track—taking strong positions, but always loosely held. The clock bell has finally chimed for my saying goodbye to this wee spot in the media circus. 

To those that have found my "stuff" useful, thank you.

To the vendors I have roiled? Well, writing for a family-friendly publication I can only say this: thanks for all the fodder you've given me with which to pillory you from time to time. It's been enjoyable on this side of the fence. 

To those vendors who are doing what I believe is the right thing for customers going forward? Rock on. 

On a personal note, thanks to Dan Farber for cajoling me into taking this slot (whenever that was) and then Larry Dignan for putting up with my working time frame, running cover on stories I could not for one reason or another deal with in the time frame CBS might wish and otherwise being the best editor I've ever worked alongside. He's a well-polished diamond and a person I will always count as a friend. 

To those who I have irritated with dopey typos—guess what? No more. Find someone else to harass.

In the meantime, it has been a great ride. Trust me, you will see me "on the other side," as they say. 

Take care. Enjoy the rest of the show. 

Topic: Enterprise Software

Dennis Howlett

About 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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  • All the best, enjoy life while you can...

  • It's time to go.

    Good luck to you on this side or the other.
    • So has Ed Bott left?

      Along with you?

  • Good luck Dennis.

    Ram U
  • Wow, thanks Dennis

    Read you throughout the years here and have always enjoyed the posts, even when they were far above my brain's pay scale. Good luck, and I'll follow you on Google+ from here on.
    • Dont...

      ...bother. G+ is crap. To me.
  • Thanks for the Great Articles

    Thanks for the articles.. always a great read..

    Before you go, give us some guidance on who you think we should be following to get our daily fix of tech news and opinion..
    • the....

      ...enterprisey crew here are pretty good: Sommer, Greenberg, Marks etc.
  • Good Luck!

    You will be missed.

    Dietrich T. Schmitz + Your Linux Advocate
    • yeah...

      ...for 2 seconds flat in my experience but thanks for the kind words. They're truly valued
  • Thanks Dennis

    You did well.
    • Best?

      I did my best so thank you
  • Good luck!

    It's sad to see you leave, but I guess everyone has to leave a company at one point in time. You will be missed deeply!

    - Kamran
    Kamran Mackey
    • Kamran.... time is done here. It wasn't something imposed, mandated or otherwise wished upon by CBS or me for that matter. Stuff happens.

      It was MY decision and mine alone. To its credit ZDN didn't try and stop me. It understood why I need to bow out and respected that decision. I thank the company and Larry D in particular for that.

      I am and have always been freelance. So in fairness, I dropped ZDN in the poo...if that's how you'd like to view it, Not my best day on the job.
  • So long and thanks for all the posts ;)

    Good luck Dennis.
  • to twist a beer commercial you may not see in Spain

    Stay feisty, my friends!
    Vinnie Mirchandani
    • ferrrrf.... know what I'll say Vinnie... ;)
  • Although I never

    Dealt with or used any of the software you discussed on this site, I always enjoyed reading about them in your articles. The little I know about ERP, SCM and other aspects of Enterprise Software came from you. I thank you for that. Best wishes in your future endeavours.
    • Humbled....

      ...If I have managed to pass on one thing to one person then that is reward in itself. To hear you say that makes me smile. Thank you.
  • Dennis leaving

    Good luck and continued success in your future endeavors.
    preferred user