HP names head for adaptive enterprise initiative

Nora Denzel, head of Hewlett-Packard's software unit, will now also be in charge of the adaptive enterprise, an initative HP...

Nora Denzel, head of Hewlett-Packard's software unit, will now also be in charge of the adaptive enterprise, an initative HP launched in May.

Denzel has, from the start, guided HP's campaign, which aims to link together the company's hardware, software and services units' strategies and product lineups to create IT systems that are more easily integrated and managed.

"On-demand" IT flexibility has been a popular buzzword this year, with suppliers including IBM, Sun Microsystems, Computer Associates International, Electronic Data Systems and PeopleSoft  all offering their own spin on the concept - pressuring each company to offer evidence that it is pursing the strategy in departments other than its marketing group.

Denzel spoke in June at an HP software conference about HP's adaptive enterprise work, built around its Darwin blueprint for using standards and hardware and software components to construct seamless IT architectures. HP said it has closed two acquisitions that will aid in the initiative.

The acquisitions involved Baltimore Technologies' SelectAccess identity management software and of web services management technology developer Talking Blocks.

Stacey Cowley writes for IDG News Service

 

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