Hewlett-Packard opens its HP Software Universe conference by introducing several new software platforms, including HP Business Service Management 9.0 and HP Test Data Management. Bill Veghte, executive vice president of HP software and solutions, used his keynote address to expand on themes such as the increased need for software to automate and manage processes to cope with large amounts of business data.
opened its HP Software Universe conference with a high-profile presentation at
the Gaylord Center
here on the Potomac River, emphasizing that the company
is positioned to take advantage of an economy and a technology industry in
transition. With a variety of customers and partners in attendance, the
conference will deep-dive into HP's newest business software offerings with
track sessions and roundtables.
The event began with television journalist Sam Donaldson taking the stage,
first to tell a few Obama jokes and then to introduce Bill Veghte, the newly
appointed executive vice president of HP Software & Solutions.
"Information technology delivery is fundamentally changing,"
Veghte said. "You have more choice in how you choose to apply and deliver
an application or service than you've ever had."
He added, "Today, in every application and every service, you're making
a decision in how you express that," in terms of whether to virtualize
certain components within the stack or take a platform or applications to the
The screen behind Veghte displayed statistics: 28 percent of x86 workloads
today virtualized, with 48 percent predicted by 2010; about 76 percent of
businesses currently pursuing a private cloud; and around 1 billion mobile
devices accessing the Internet.
"You parse through all of that stuff, and it's the 3 or 4 percent of
that data you can actually translate," Veghte said. "Of that 3 or 4
percent, there's a bunch of actions we need to automate it, so there's no human
hand touching it, generating cost."
In that quest to parse out data, he continued, "business and IT units
get more and more entwined. We need to make sure we're supporting and enabling
that blending." Before his keynote, Veghte
expressed a similar theory to reporters and analysts.
None of the HP executives made mention of HP's recent $1.2 billion
acquisition of Palm, with its WebOS platform, which, as one of the most-praised
aspects of the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi smartphones, is widely seen as a way for HP
to rapidly enter the tablet PC and smartphone markets. How that acquisition
will affect HP's relationship with other IT giants, notably Microsoft, remains
to be seen.
At the conference, HP introduced new software platforms, including HP Business
Service Management 9.0, which gives IT administrators tools for managing
application performance, and HP Test Data Management, which accelerates
BSM 9.0 offers IT administrators a more accurate near-real-time picture of
their organization's current IT service state, according to HP, including
across hybridized environments. It also eliminates redundant events and offers
integrated virtualization support for various levels of the IT service tier,
including applications, servers and networks.
"IT delivery is fundamentally changing," Veghte told assembled
media and analysts during a June 15 press event ahead of the conference
opening. "With a unified view of your IT portfolio, even if you got a
perfect picture of it, 3 minutes later it would be inaccurate."
BSM 9.0 comes with software that includes HP BAC
Anywhere, a service that administrators can use to monitor their external Web
applications from anywhere off-site, and HP Operations Manager i 9.0, which
utilizes smart plug-ins to automatically discover application changes.
The company also introduced HP Test Data Management, software that automates
the process of collecting test data from live applications and accelerates
application testing through a combination of masking and automated data