"Because of the economy, a lot of people have been pushing back on strategy and planning," Santaferrero said. "But it's a very valuable thing, if you look at the people who did do this work before they began three to four years ago."
HP is developing a "smart meter" solution with partner SAP AG for a large U.K. utility, which it hopes to use as the basis of a turnkey product it can sell to other utility companies, said Santaferrero. HP is also working on risk-aware BI products based around Neoview for banks, and BI solutions for oil companies.
The emergency alert data warehouse would serve as the foundation for HP's BI health solution.
The first phase of this emergency alert data warehouse is due next April. Benson admitted, however, that the project is likely to fall behind schedule due to delays in negotiating the data-sharing agreements with the hospitals and drug stores.