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Dennis Howlett

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.

Financial Force: meeting security demands head-on
financial services
software as a service (SaaS)

Financial Force: meeting security demands head-on

Financial Force has jumped ahead of the pack in providing levels of security assurance: is such a move necessary?
21 Jan 2013
Workday and Kashflow: the future of accounting software
Fingers typing on keyboard
accounting

Workday and Kashflow: the future of accounting software

Kashflow and Workday are classic examples of a new breed of company - and they're leaving established players far behind
7 Nov 2012
Oracle cloud: Ellison sets out his stall and sells the vision
Handshake
software as a service (SaaS)

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

Larry Ellison is selling the vision of the cloud and is looking to clinch the sale -are the punters going to buy?
1 Oct 2012
NetSuite CEO talks up its Commerce-as-a-service offering
commerce
software as a service (SaaS)

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

NetSuite has lots of happy customers but it hasn't yet become a mega vendor - could that change?
27 Sep 2012
KashFlow, FreeAgent or Xero: weighing up accounting options
calculator
accounting

KashFlow, FreeAgent or Xero: weighing up accounting options

SMBs are spoiled for choice when it comes to cloud-based packages. Former accountant Dennis Howlett casts his eye over three leaders.
20 Sep 2012
Oracle looks over its shoulder as Workday threat looms closer
Oracle sign on a red background
software as a service (SaaS)

Oracle looks over its shoulder as Workday threat looms closer

Oracle's hastily withdrawn document indicates how warily it regards Workday. This should lead to some interesting clashes in the future.
31 Aug 2012
Cloud vendors rub their hands over European licensing ruling
New & Old sign
Cloud

Cloud vendors rub their hands over European licensing ruling

The EU decision against Oracle over second-hand licences is a massive propaganda coup for the cloud industry
4 Jul 2012
Infor's hybrid cloud - a strategy with promise
An image of a blue cloud made up of jigsaw parts to illustrate hybrid cloud
software as a service (SaaS)

Infor's hybrid cloud - a strategy with promise

Infor is a company that is setting a pace when it comes to hybrid cloud - what does the future hold?
3 May 2012
Why SAP struggles to keep its developer ecosystem onside
SAP logo
software as a service (SaaS)

Why SAP struggles to keep its developer ecosystem onside

SAP needs its developers but does nothing to encourage them - what will this mean to the company going forward?
18 Apr 2012
Banks slow to adapt to possibilities of SaaS accounting
A stack of six credit cards and the top card is green
accounting

Banks slow to adapt to possibilities of SaaS accounting

The providers of SaaS accounting services are offering more and more - but are banks clued up enough?
28 Mar 2012
SaaS or SOSaaS? Why does Sage struggle with cloud software?
man at desk with laptop taxes
software as a service (SaaS)

SaaS or SOSaaS? Why does Sage struggle with cloud software?

The lacklustre take-up of Sage One shows that the financial powerhouse is struggling with the cloud
1 Dec 2011
Localisation is not the problem facing SAP - boosting take-up is
Blue SAP logo on the wall of a building
software as a service (SaaS)

Localisation is not the problem facing SAP - boosting take-up is

Despite press reports to the contrary, SAP has no issue with localisation but getting customers is another issue
17 Nov 2011
SaaS accounting companies need to up their game
A pair of glasses and a calculator placed on a pile of forms
accounting

SaaS accounting companies need to up their game

SaaS companies have made great strides in the accounting market but need to get more inventive if they're really going to make a big splash
23 Aug 2011
Public sector is turning to SaaS while SAP and Oracle dither
Saas on a blue screen with a finger stretching to touch it
software as a service (SaaS)

Public sector is turning to SaaS while SAP and Oracle dither

Companies using SaaS models of delivery are attracting a good deal of interest from the public sector. Here's why
19 Aug 2011
Acquisition shakes up accountancy SaaS market
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mergers and acquisitions

Acquisition shakes up accountancy SaaS market

Is the acquisition of Twinfield the first sign of a war in the accounting SaaS market?
15 Jun 2011