IT managers are not interested in the fastest box, killer application or the next big technology but rather on using what they have and making it all work in an environment prone to constant change, said Carly Fiorina, chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard.
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However, change is here to stay, she told IT experts at SAP's Sapphire customer conference in Orlando, and companies that win are those that "have an ability to manage change".
Fiorina referred to HP as an example of an "adaptive enterprise" that has deployed a flexible, adaptive and reliable technology platform. This platform is one of the main reasons why HP and Compaq have been able to pull off the biggest merger in the IT sector so successfully.
Asked whether consolidation in the IT sector creates value, Fiorina responded, "In our case, we have created value. The fact that we are gaining market share proves this."
Responding to rumours that HP may drop support for its Unix-based operating system, HP-UX , Fiorina said the company had no plans to discontinue support of the system.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service