Blackmore said that both the reorganizationwhich was announced a year ahead of scheduleand the Adaptive Enterprise initiative will go a long way in helping with that. "When you merged the companies, obviously the priority is to stay close to the customers, to make sure the road map transition is followed through, and we quickly get to the end state model of combining the road map, retiring products, confirming what products would survive," he said. "That is a lot of work, and hence the most effective model is to have the three [hardware] groups working separately and independently. Then once you do that, you can say that obviously what the customers are expecting is one technology hardware message from HP and one software message, so lets make it easier to get the technology hardware message aligned. Lets combine the groups.""It shows the capabilities of the new HP and also responding very clearly to customers saying that they wanted [the company] to play at the highest ends of the enterprise decision-making and the business-process level as well as the infrastructure level," he said. "Were more than capable of doing that now." The ESG is now gearing up for the July launch of the next generation of the 64-bit Itanium 2 chip, code-named Madison. HP is preparing a number of product launches to coincide with the new chip, including the rollout of an Itanium version of its high-end 64-way Superdome server. In January, HP will roll out a 128-way version of the system. Currently HP offers a Superdome system that runs on its PA RISC 8700+ chip and supports the HP-UX operating system. The new system will run Windows and Linux. HP, which co-developed Itanium, is banking its 64-bit future on the chip, which up until now has gotten a tepid reception in the industry. But Blackmore said he is confident adoption of the architecture will ramp quickly in 2004 as ISV support grows and impressive benchmarks continue to roll out. "Its really redefining the whole RISC-based marketplace because we have 64-way Madison-powered platforms, we already have benchmarks out there," he said. "As we bring this family of products out to market and redefine the RISC marketplace, we also continue to drive three operating systems very effectivelyUnix, Windows and Linuxand theres really only two players out there which can do that right across the portfolio [HP and IBM]."
The Adaptive Enterprise initiative gives customers an idea of what the new combined company is capable of, Blackmore said.