Fiorina: Coping with constant change

IT managers aren't interested in the fastest box, killer application or the next big technology but on leveraging what they have and making it all work in an environment prone to constant change, said Carly Fiorina, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Hewlett-Packard (HP), speaking to IT managers on Wednesday at the US Sapphire customer conference hosted by SAP.

It's a message that Fiorina has been repeating in a number of keynote speeches but this time, she emphasized change.

Change is here to stay, she told the IT experts, and companies that win are those that "have an ability to manage change."

Fiorina referred to HP as an example of an "adaptive enterprise" that has deployed a flexible, adaptive and reliable technology platform. This platform is one of the main reasons why HP and Compaq have been able to pull of the biggest merger in the IT sector so successfully. "We practice what we preach," she said.

Asked whether consolidation in the IT sector creates value, Fiorina responded: "In our case, we have created value. The fact that we are gaining market share proves this."

Asked whether Oracle's hostile bid for PeopleSoft, which has agreed to acquire J.D. Edwards & Co. will create value, she said: "I'm not about to comment on this. All I will say here is that HP is a big customer of SAP and of PeopleSoft."

Responding to rumors that HP may drop support for its Unix-based operating system, HP-UX , Fiorina said the company had no plans to discontinue support of the system.

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