Also in the business stability phase is OpenView Operations for Windows Release 7.2, which allows users to manage performance, availability and services associated with Windows 2003 Server, including Active Directory. It is also due by late September. HP addressed the business efficiency phase of Adaptive Management with Service Navigator Value Pack Release 7.1, which adds a new graphical interface that allows users to quickly establish relationships between services and the infrastructure that supports them. The aim is to simplify the deployment and use of service management over existing scripting techniques. Once service views are created, they can be stored in a configuration database shared by OpenView Service Desk to help speed problem diagnosis.In addressing the business agility phase, HP previewed new technology in development, dubbed HP OpenView Business Impact Analysis, which allows users to determine the business impact of infrastructure failures or performance dips. The technology correlates business flows with operations data to help determine the financial costs and extent of business disruption. HP also provided a preview of more robust Web services management it is adding to its OpenView Web Services Management Engine, which is due late this fall. The engine, which implements HPs Web Services Management Framework specification, is better able to discover resources and learn their attributes, is more extensible, and provides a common way to interface with other applications, according to Al Smith, chief technology officer for the fledgling OpenView Web Services Management Organization. That group is actively pursuing standards creation based on its specification with OASIS, and it is actively engaging third-party support from vendors such as Tibco. In addressing a lack of consolidated reporting, OpenView Solutions Marketing Manager Bill Emmett previewed new reporting developments in the works. HP will release "an aggressive stream" of report packs that combine data from other OpenView products throughout this year, he said. Emmett foreshadowed a move to a common data repository and object models based on OpenView Service Desk. Whether users are willing to wait for such consolidation depends on the user. "Will I wait for HP to do something? Thats not me. We built interim steps for ourselves," said Glasberg, who is using the OpenView Performance Insight reporting tool. Also on tap at the HP Software Forum: ·
22 new or expanded partnerships with third-party vendors;
· new management for Cisco IP telephony environments;
· integration between CiscoWorks and Network Node Manager Advanced 7.0; and
· a new communications program for HP software users.
Such integration between Service Navigator and Service Desk allows users to correlate infrastructure and services data with service-level agreement information. The value pack is due by late October.