A New Direction
A New Direction Overall, the release of HP's ALM 11 solutions and its enhancements and new features signals a key direction for the company as a force in the software industry, Veghte said.Asked how big a challenge he faces as head of software in a company best known for hardware, Veghte said, "HP has advantages in delivering software long term. And for HP to become the No. 1 IT company in the world, it has to become stronger in software. I want to be a part of that." Rende and Sarbiewski-converts from HP's Mercury acquisition- echoed Veghte's sentiments. "When we first became part of HP, we increased our investment in software and grew the portfolio and even made some acquisitions," Rende said. "The acquisitions of companies like SPI Dynamics and Fortify would never have happened if we were still at Mercury." "One of the things that impressed me is that they knew they needed the people to help shape their software business and they've been very true to their word," Sarbiewski added. "When Mark and I came into the company, there weren't a lot of people here like us with 20 years of experience in software," Rende said. "But now you see all the software DNA you need, even up to the top position" with Leo Apotheker, former head of SAP, as CEO of HP. "When I look at my team, it's stronger than it was at Mercury. In fact, we've been able to rehire a bunch of people who left the company when HP acquired us because they didn't want to work for a hardware vendor, and that has made us stronger."
He told eWEEK that when he left Microsoft, he looked for an opportunity to make a difference in the software landscape, and he chose HP because of the challenge and promise it represented.