Dennis Howlett

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Dennis Howlett has been providing comment and analysis on enterprise software since 1991 in a variety of European trade and professional journals including CFO Magazine, The Economist and Information Week. Today, apart from being a full time blogger on innovation for professional services organisations, he is a founding member of Enterprise Irregulars and an investor in a European start-up. Prior to, Dennis was technology and tax partner in a British firm of Chartered Accountants for 10 years. Prior to that held various senior finance roles across a broad range of industries.

Dennis Howlett is committed to maintaining the independent and opinionated stance that his writings are well known for and does not enter into contracts that would limit his freedom of expression in any way. However it is important in the interests of full disclosure to inform readers of those relationships so they can form their own judgment. This page therefore lists all Dennis Howlett's current business relationships. Dennis's consulting arrangements occasionally bring him into direct or indirect business relationships with some of the companies about which he writes, and/or their competitors. Where such a relationship exists, it is disclosed at the end of any article that references the company concerned. Dennis owns AccMan, an independently produced blog covering the professional services market, primarily focused on Europe. It is currently sponsored by selected TextLink Ads and named sponsors in the 'Sponsored Content' block. Dennis maintains relationships with a range of end user organizations and in all cases is subject to non-disclosure agreement. He has no current 'paid for' relationships with ITC vendors except as disclosed above although certain vendors comp travel and expenses claims. For the benefit of doubt, T&E reimbursement is a common practice among European-based writers. It is often the only way we can attend important events. Even so, it doesn't impact our analysis of what vendors have to say. If you believe otherwise then feel free to ignore what is written here. Except as mentioned above, Dennis has no other investments in any company. This page last updated 2nd October, 2012.

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Cloud cost arguments are too narrow

Cloud cost arguments are too narrow

Earlier today, Joe McKendrick said: Why cloud computing may cost more than on-premise systems. The argument seems to hinge around one contextually devoid piece from Dave Linthicum:Dave says the expenses arise because cloud requires lots of changes.

April 15, 2010 by in Tech & Work

Your next software buying decision: zero cost?

Your next software buying decision: zero cost?

My piece about SugarCRM contains a line from Vinnie Mirchandani that's been ringing in my ears: "They're tiny." What's tiny about:Free edition400,000 users50,000 systemsCommercial customers100,000 users5,000 systemsI'd have thought most application software vendors would carve off their right arm with a broken hacksaw to get those sort of adoption numbers.

April 30, 2009 by in Tech & Work

SAP's wasted passion

SAP's wasted passion

The passion surrounding SAP never fails to amaze me. Call them stodgy, old fashioned and all the other un-cool, un-hip expressions that would be eschewed by those bestowing glory on new market entrants but passion is one thing you cannot take away from SAP.

March 24, 2010 by in Tech & Work

A fresh model for software maintenance

A fresh model for software maintenance

It is clear that the homogeneous application of round sum percentages applied to software maintenance pricing is a dead business model. Nowhere is that more clearly illustrated in the recent kerfuffle over SAP's forced price rise for its maintenance services.

August 18, 2008 by in Tech & Work