The Team

Dennis Howlett – the Irregular One @dahowlett

Dennis Howlett spent 20 plus years in various finance related roles ending up serving 10 years as partner in a British firm of Chartered Accountants before ‘retiring’ somewhat battered and bruised in 1993. Having nothing much better to do, he has since then been providing enterprise technology related comment, analysis and consulting services.

After a two year self imposed hiatus, Howlett took up blogging. That was in 2005, a year when he discovered that all of his former tech publications had gone away. This allowed him to do what he really wanted – call the vendor community to account. Often regarded as a curmudgeon, Howlett champions the needs of end user organizations. He often takes strong positions but acknowledges these are loosely held. Some people find this confusing.

He lives by three mantras: ignore everybody, make a dent in the universe, quality isn’t job number one, being totally fricking amazing is job one. 

If he says AFY to you, the chances are he likes you. Such niceties are rarely reciprocated.

If diginomica falls over it will be because of his lousy code.

In the past, he ran AccMan and was a regular contributor at Irregular Enterprise on ZDNet.

Jon Reed – the Video Guy @jonERP

A recovering tech enthusiast and aspiring curmudgeon, Jon got his enterprise start in 1994 running an IT recruiting desk. He built an ERP recruiting practice before dotcom misadventures reminded him that time is ridiculously short. Jon brought his journalistic training to bear on ERP web publishing and from there, podcasting, where he declared opposition to sound bite culture in favor of nuanced conversations.

Video turned out to be an ideal medium to puncture hype balloons and (hopefully) tell stories that matter. Jon’s goal is to “inspire more/suck less” with every production. Jon is just as happy interviewing a code geek as a CXO, and has come to believe that the fate of the two are intertwined. You’re likely to see Jon lugging way too much gear around at an enterprise show near you.

Jon has been the owner of JonERP.com for many years and is partner with Den on their video site JD-OD.com

Kenny MacIver – The Globalist

Kenny MacIver is a serial editor with a professional fixation. Over 25 years, the dozen titles he has edited have all obsessed about the powerful, sometimes-spectacular impact digital technology can have on business – for better or worse. Above all, in the pages of Information AgeComputer Business Review, Global Technology Business and I: Global Intelligence for the CIO, Kenny has sought to tell great business stories through the voices of the world’s top CIOs, business decision-makers and IT industry leaders.

He’s convinced that such insight needs to draw on the widest set of global perspectives, thinking influenced by a career that has at different times centered on Silicon Valley, Brussels, Rome, Glasgow and London. Also formative were his earlier stints observing business/technology dynamics as a software developer in PwC’s IT consulting wing, in process research at the EU, and in end-user advisory services at IDC.

Kenny has picked up a few trophies for business journalism over the years, but none still quite matches a late-1990s newsletter subscription check he holds from Larry Ellison’s personal account – and still to be cashed.

Phil Wainewright – the Professor @philww

Phil Wainewright is the team thinker, no drive-by analysis from him. He is the one among us who has the most experience dealing with cloud issues having founded ASPNews.com back in the prehistoric era aka 1998, which (counting one in between that didn’t take off) makes this his third online publishing venture.

Phil was born a Taurean in the Year of the Dog, which may help explain why he’s a stubborn defender of all that’s best in cloud and a relentless critic when vendors let their customers down. Just as comfortable analyzing US market trends as exploring the byzantine policy warrens of the European Union, Phil is most happy learning how businesses are transforming themselves thanks to today’s digital technologies.

Backin the day, Phil ran ASPNews.com. More recently he has been the SaaS expert on ZDnet.

Stuart Lauchlan – the Pushy One @WhoStu

Often describing his 23 year career in tech journalism as an accident from which he is still attempting to recover Stuart Lauchlan has acquired a formidable reputation for enticing interviewees into telling sometimes inconvenient truths. Despite this, Lauchlan brings a much needed balance to the team who otherwise might risk running amok.

Stuart prides himself on being tough but fair, a rare combination and a welcome antidote to the puff, fluff, hype and BS one usually associates with tech content. He is an unashamed Doctor Who fan but then everyone is allowed their childhood fantasies.

Most recently, Stuart was editorial chief at Sift Media and founder/editor of BusinessCloud9. He is no longer connected with either outlet in case anyone tells you otherwise.

Derek du Preez  – the tall one @Derek_duPreez

At 27 years old, Derek brings the average age of the diginimoica editorial team down a (deliberately) indeterminate number of years, and at a whopping 6ft7 (without the quiff) towers above most of those circulating the business technology crowd – which he has been known to use to his advantage when interviewing a tricky executive or two.

He started his journalism career on Computing magazine, before most recently working over at Computerworld UK, where he spent years hassling government spokespeople into admitting their ongoing cock-ups and defending the needs of technology buyers when vendors aren’t willing to listen.

Derek considers himself a news hound, and as such, we’re expecting a few scoops over the coming months, as well as some insightful customer tales and profile pieces – all which will include the perfect amount of cynicism to keep it interesting.