HP execs map new 'adaptive enterprise' strategy

On the one-year anniversary of its acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. mapped out its vision for focusing its broad resources on helping enterprises optimize their technology investments by more tightly linking IT and business operations.

HP's "adaptive enterprise" strategy touches all aspects of its software, services and hardware portfolio. Emphasizing automatic management, straightforward integration, and architectural flexibility, the approach echoes moves made lately by several of HP's rivals, most notably IBM Corp., which has for months been pursing a similar strategy it's dubbed "on-demand computing."

HP's top leadership, including Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina, plan to speak Tuesday in San Jose at a launch event introducing the company's strategic vision.

An array of partners have lined up to support HP, including Accenture Ltd., BEA Systems Inc., BearingPoint Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Deloitte Consulting, Oracle Corp., PeopleSoft Inc., SAP AG and Siebel Systems Inc. With the goal of simplifying systems management and integration at the heart of its message, partnering will be key to carrying out HP's vision, according to company executives.

HP executives plan to discuss Tuesday a number of new products and services supporting its adaptive enterprise push. Among the announced software offerings are HP Virtual Server Environment, a virtualization tool powered by an enhanced version of HP-UX Workload Manager; and HP Software Self-healing Services for HP OpenView, which are intended to expand the dynamic allocation and troubleshooting capabilities of HP's network management software.

The self-healing services features will first be available for HP's OpenView Operations and Network Node Manager, and will roll out over time throughout the entire OpenView line, HP said. Within the next 12 months, the company will introduce adaptive-enterprise-themed enhancements in the areas of virtualization, automatic provisioning, business impact analysis, SLAs (service-level agreements), dynamic deployment and maintenance of management functions, policy-based IT flexibility, and service lifecycle management, the company said.

HP also unveiled a new design framework called the Darwin Reference Architecture, an outline for creating an IT infrastructure using standards-compliant technology from HP and its partners.

Embedding itself deeply within its customers IT infrastructures is part of HP's game plan, and in launching its new vision, the company made sure to highlight one of its biggest wins: A just-finalized US$3 billion, 10-year managed services contract with Procter & Gamble Co. Approximately 2,000 P&G employees from 48 countries will become part of HP Services when the agreement commences on Aug. 1, pending regulatory approvals.

The P&G deal is one of more than 200 managed services contracts HP has signed since acquiring Compaq, the company said.

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