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March 14, 2012 by

Oracle scrutinized by financial and industry analysts

A recent investor downgrade is shining the spot light on Oracle this week but is it really justified? How can the company overcome the concerns of both investors and customers? Watch ZDNet Irregular Enterprise editor Dennis Howlett as he explains what's happening, what it means, and what's next for the world's second largest software company.

February 24, 2010 by

Mysteries of the Oracle...

Dennis Howlett wrote an excellent post earlier on the gravity defying, ever increasing flow of maintenance revenue that Oracle continues to report 'thanks to great sales people'.Dennis suggests in 'How Oracle gets customers to keep paying' that Oracle ‘knows’ what its customers are using thanks to sophisticated application use by seat sniffing software, and can be pretty sure whether the customer is handing over all that it should or otherwise.

October 5, 2009 by

Enterprise Advocates launches; Targets IT buyers

A band of analysts and industry experts have formed Enterprise Advocates, an advisory group geared to the buy side of the information technology equation.The group, which includes ZDNet's Dennis Howlett and Oliver Marks, is a timely addition to the tech buying equation.

September 2, 2009 by

Enterprise 2.0: Finding success on the frontiers of social business

My recent exploration of the potential causes of Enterprise 2.0 failures here on ZDNet sparked a critical discussion in the blogosphere of enterprise social computing and its overall appropriateness, motivations, and benefits to business. In particular, well-known contrarian Dennis Howlett weighed in last week with fairly severe criticism of Enterprise 2.0 which ultimately resulted in a direct response from Andrew McAfee, coiner of the term.I recap the facts and the latest discussion and explain why social tools in the workplace, if history is any guide, are almost certainly inevitable.

July 29, 2009 by

Out-Innovated by Management Practice Blowback - a Video Conversation with John Hagel

I had the opportunity to sit down for a discussion with John Hagel of Deloitte's Center for the Edge last week.My previous post about the 'Shift Index 2009' report is augmented by this video, and fellow ZDNet blogger Dennis Howlett attended the '‘Eastern Philosophy: Management Lessons From Emerging Markets’ Brainstorm Tech panel John and I discuss here and has some video of that on YouTube.

May 14, 2009 by

SAP Sapphire: Reading the tea leaves demand, margins and M&A

SAP's Sapphire customer powwow concluded this week and the takeaways appear to focus on what wasn't there: Subscription pricing, a sign of an enduring rebound and confidence that the company can maintain its profit margins. Among the notable business points (Dennis Howlett has the product overview):The outlook for the second quarter is still rocky.

March 10, 2009 by

Weasels in the Woodwork

Dennis Howlett makes some terrific points in comparing the new Jive Software 'Social Business Software' that refreshes the Clearspace 2.5 product line today with existing enterprise incumbents.

February 28, 2009 by

Green is still Gold (But Beware of the Politics of Gesture)

Foolhardy it may be to go out on a limb here to take on my boss (in this carnation I mean my editor, Larry Dignan) and a force of nature that is my fellow ZDNET blogger Dennis Howlett but I have to disagree with both on the subject of viability of the green market. Dennis thinks green is a fashion not to follow, fools gold maybe and Larry came away from Oracle Open World thinking that, with green, Silicon Valley is attempting to manufacture the next big thing.

February 26, 2009 by

Oracle and the great innovation debate

Does Oracle innovate or just suck maintenance revenue out of your budget like a vampire?It's a question that has been asked a lot this week and there's a nice back and forth about the topic among Dennis Howlett, Vinnie Mirchandani, Paul Greenberg, Josh Greenbaum and Bob Warfield.

December 16, 2008 by

SAP Business ByDesign Update

Staying the (Restrained) CourseFellow ZDNet blogger, Dennis Howlett, and I were treated to a briefing by Jeff Stiles of SAP yesterday. The subject was SAP’s Business ByDesign product line.

September 1, 2008 by

StatusHQ - Microblogging for the enterprise?

Dennis Howlett published a great piece on StatusHQ, a microblogging service that has positioned itself to be a more grown-up version of Twitter, that claims it can be used specifically for business communications.While Howlett points out some of the service's merits (i.


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