Dennis Howlett

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After spending more than 20 years at the IT coal face across a variety of industries, often in finance related roles, Dennis Howlett is using that accumulated experience to hold vendors to account for what they deliver to customers. He believes the cloud computing model provides the potential to offer transformational business benefits that have yet to be fully understood or articulated. In early 2011, Howlett celebrated 40 years in and around IT. It was a very small party.

Email: dennis_howlett@cloudtech.pro

Recent articles by Dennis Howlett

Financial Force: meeting security demands head-on

Opinion
21 Jan, 2013
Dennis Howlett

Financial Force has jumped ahead of the pack in providing levels of security assurance: is such a move necessary?

SAP and its fragmented path to cloud glory

Opinion
11 Dec, 2012
Dennis Howlett

At first sight,SAP doesn't appear to have its cloud strategy mapped out but it's slowly finding its way argues Dennis Howlett

Fallout over Autonomy revelations has implications for cloud players too

Opinion
27 Nov, 2012
Dennis Howlett

The fallout from the HP/Autonomy deal has sent shockwaves through the industry but there's really nothing new there

Workday and Kashflow: the future of accounting software

Opinion
7 Nov, 2012
Dennis Howlett

Kashflow and Workday are classic examples of a new breed of company - and they're leaving established players far behind

Moving software to the cloud: more than putting paint on the pig

Opinion
31 Oct, 2012
Dennis Howlett

When moving to the cloud, there's no need to reinvent the software,Infor takes things slowly

Oracle cloud: Ellison sets out his stall and sells the vision

Opinion
1 Oct, 2012
Dennis Howlett

Larry Ellison is selling the vision of the cloud and is looking to clinch the sale -are the punters going to buy?

NetSuite CEO talks up its Commerce-as-a-service offering

Opinion
27 Sep, 2012
Dennis Howlett

NetSuite has lots of happy customers but it hasn't yet become a mega vendor - could that change?

KashFlow, FreeAgent or Xero: weighing up accounting options

Advice
20 Sep, 2012
Dennis Howlett

SMBs are spoiled for choice when it comes to cloud-based packages. Former accountant Dennis Howlett casts his eye over three leaders.

Resistance is futile: how CFOs learned to love cloud

Opinion
12 Sep, 2012
Dennis Howlett

There's been plenty of resistance to cloud but, one by one, the bastions are crumbling

If users don't 'get' the cloud, it's the vendors to blame

Opinion
4 Sep, 2012
Dennis Howlett

As previously mentioned, customers don't want cloud - at least they think they don't - what should vendors do to persuade them otherwise?

Oracle looks over its shoulder as Workday threat looms closer

Opinion
31 Aug, 2012
Dennis Howlett

Oracle's hastily withdrawn document indicates how warily it regards Workday. This should lead to some interesting clashes in the future.

Workday's reporting and iPad offering make it a mighty presence

Opinion
21 Aug, 2012
Dennis Howlett

Workday's rise continues. The combination of an attractive UI and great software means that Oracle and SAP need to look to their laurels

SAP Business ByDesign: navigating the product roadmap

Opinion
15 Aug, 2012
Dennis Howlett

SAP's Business By Design is the company's product for the SMB market but it's going to be a tough challenge

Sage shows the strain in making numbers add up

Opinion
2 Aug, 2012
Dennis Howlett

Sage has a problem. Attacked by a range of nimble competitors, can it keep raising prices to bolster revenue?

Cloudy picture over SAP earnings

Opinion
25 Jul, 2012
Dennis Howlett

SAP's purchase of Success Factors has confused the issue when it comes to assessing cloud performance

Battle for social media is about to get more interesting

Opinion
16 Jul, 2012
Dennis Howlett

The social media-connected enterprise is set to be a battleground for three big software companies. But could the winner be someone else?

Cloud vendors rub their hands over European licensing ruling

Opinion
4 Jul, 2012
Dennis Howlett

The EU decision against Oracle over second-hand licences is a massive propaganda coup for the cloud industry

Cloud apocalypse - time to dust off those SLAs

Opinion
3 Jul, 2012
Dennis Howlett

The outages for Salesforce and AWS met with mixed reaction but they served as a reminder to check contract terms

Making that jump from consumer to enterprise

Opinion
2 Jul, 2012
Dennis Howlett

There's a problem with consumer-like cloud services to enterprises - how to keep usability while adding robustness. It's a tough challenge.

Don't delay the inevitable - time is ripe for cloud accounting

Opinion
21 Jun, 2012
Dennis Howlett

Why isn't every enterprise moving accounting to the cloud? What are the barriers? Not many says Dennis Howlett

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