HP outlines enterprise strategy

HP has detailed an open standards-based Adaptive Enterprise strategy, which focuses on allowing companies to maintain...

HP has detailed an open standards-based Adaptive Enterprise strategy, which focuses on allowing companies to maintain heterogeneous environments and reduce costs through better management. 

HP's chief executive officer, Carly Fiorina said companies, whether they are responding to federal regulations or competitive pressures, need simplified, standardised and integrated architectures. 

The foundation of the strategy is its Darwin Reference Architecture,which will allow companies to develop adaptive models that are consumption-based, or pay as you go.

The company announced a number of tools, including management software that offers automated real-time resource utilisation and self-healing capabilities. 

HP also finalised a $3bn services agreement with consumer products company Procter & Gamble.

The deal will affect 2,000 P&G employees, who managed the company's IT infrastructure, datacentre operations, desktop and other services in 48 countries. 

In making that decision, Filippo Passerini, P&G's global business services officer, said he has a high-level understanding of HP's enterprise plan, but he added that the decision to outsource was based on the company's 15-year relationship with HP. 

"I don't think one can ever bank on one particular new solution for a strategic long-term decision," said Passerini, who nonetheless believes that HP's enterprise strategy will add value to its relationship. 

Although HP officials cited a number of customer references, Fiorina focused on the company's merger with Compaq, which she called a mammoth task.

Some of the IT infrastructure issues the company had to deal with included some 7,000 applications, more than 200,000 desktops, and a system that moved some 26 million e-mail messages a week. 

The company reduced overall cost by 24%, she said.

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