HP Buys .Net Developer

The purchase of Extreme Logic will boost the .Net capabilities of Hewlett-Packard's services group, HP Executive Vice President Ann Livermore told an HP World crowd.

ATLANTA—Hewlett-Packard Co. is buying Extreme Logic Inc., a move officials said will extend the .Net capabilities of its services group.

During her Wednesday morning keynote speech at HP World 2003 here, Ann Livermore, executive vice president of HP Services, said 200 employees of the Atlanta-based company will be merged into HPs services group.

Extreme Logic helps businesses deploy solutions based on Microsoft Corp.s .Net platform, and area that Livermore said "is going to be a very, very critical area of expertise for us."

It also adds an important aspect to HPs Adaptive Enterprise strategy, according to HP officials. Web services will play a key role for businesses looking to make their IT infrastructure more flexible, they said.

Extreme Logic focuses on several verticals, including financial services, health care and retail. HP officials also said that the company will add such features as e-learning and security to vertical markets for HP and will expand the companys presence in the South and East.

Also during her keynote, Livermore said HP would continue to use offshore sites for its service-and-support offerings. While the company has a strong presence in Asia, HP recently opened sites in Manila, Costa Rica and Warsaw, Poland, as part of its recent $3 billion outsourcing deal with Proctor & Gamble, she said.