Fiorina Touts Adaptive Enterprise Strategy

Hewlett-Packard's strategy has shown its mettle over the past 12 months, said Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina.

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Hewlett-Packard Co.s Adaptive Enterprise strategy, unveiled Tuesday, has shown its mettle over the past 12 months, according to Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company has used the principles involved in the initiative—from assessing a business needs to developing a flexible and responsive IT infrastructure to meet those needs—during the first year of its absorption of Compaq Computer Corp., Fiorina told more than 100 analysts, reporters and HP employees and partners here.

"Today is the first anniversary of this HP," she said. "One year ago today we launched this company, and the reason we can speak with such confidence about [the Adaptive Enterpise initiative] is because we used them all. We have achieved what we have achieved in the last 12 months because [of this strategy].

"We are bringing to the market the distillation of what we have been through. … Under the glare of the public spotlight, we had a mammoth job to adapt a company to almost seismic change." The result was the integration of more than 1,200 networked sites between the two companies, 215,000 desktops and 21,671 servers, and systems that handled 26 million e-mails a week with 228,000 mailboxes. It also included more than $3 billion in savings and an application portfolio that dropped from 7,000 to 5,000, she said.

"We are our own best proof point," Fiorina said. Adaptive Enterprise is the continuation of a push by HP to create a virtualized data center, where resources can be quickly adapted to changing business demands, both within its own company and from customers, said Peter Blackmore, executive vice president of HPs Enterprise Business Group.

"The aim is to lead to a virtualized computing world," Blackmore said.