Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to elaborate on its "adaptive enterprise" strategy at next week's HP Software Forum in Chicago, introducing thirty product enhancements aimed at increasing corporate IT flexibility.
Unveiled last month by HP Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina, HP's adaptive enterprise strategy is part of the push toward "on-demand" computing championed by several vendors. The goal is to take advantage of IT standards and emerging technologies to enable customers to more easily integrate and manage complex architectures.
HP will discuss at its software conference 30 new offerings for its OpenView management package, all of which will be available within the next 90 days.
The updates include a new version of the HP OpenView Network Node Manager, with enhancements to the software's diagnostics engine intended to reduce repair time, and a new HP OpenView Service Navigator Value Pack that will take advantage of a common data repository shared with HP OpenView Service Desk.
Cumulatively, the new OpenView products help make HP's adaptive enterprise campaign more concrete, said Forrester Research senior analyst Laura Koetzle.
"The criticism (HP has) been open to is, 'Guys, we know you have this strategy, but what does it mean?'" Koetzle said. "Obviously, the challenge is in the execution."
By introducing incremental products that fit in with its larger strategic push, HP offers customers ways to take advantage of its vision without initiating massive new projects or replacement campaigns, she said.
One HP customer said he's talked to HP about its adaptive enterprise push, but will probably wait to deploy any of the new offerings.
"We're a very conservative company. We don't go into the bleeding edge of many products," said Sudip Gangopadhyay, manager of Unix technical services for paper and building products manufacturer Georgia-Pacific. "We've been evaluating their new products, but we're slow with implementation. We want to take it one step at a time."
Georgia-Pacific is nearing the end of a years-long project to streamline its monitoring and problem management systems using OpenView. The company has hit its automation goals, and is pleased with OpenView's performance and functionality, Gangopadhyay said.
HP will also discuss at the software forum the Darwin reference architecture it debuted last month. Darwin is a framework for using software, services and standard components to build well-integrated IT architectures.
HP has already spoken with hundreds of customers about Darwin and its uses, according to Nora Denzel, senior vice president and general manager of HP's software unit. In a keynote address at the conference, she plans to map out HP's view of the path toward adaptive management.
"At Forum, we're really putting the meat behind the architecture, with specific proof points of how an adaptive strategy fits into a company's enterprise operations," she said. "We really feel that we, bar none, are the company, software-wise, that has the most proof in this space of things you can buy now, with a very quick payback, to help you become an adaptive enterprise."