HP launches automation software

Hewlett-Packard has introduced software aimed at allowing users to customise and create workflows to automate IT management...

Hewlett-Packard has introduced software aimed at allowing users to customise and create workflows to automate IT management tasks.

HP released the product - originally developed by Consera Software - after its acquisition of the software company was made final yesterday (Monday).

According to HP, the purchase of Consera was made to add automation capabilities to the HP OpenView software portfolio. The product the company has introduced to achieve that goal is the HP OpenView Service Delivery Designer, formerly marketed as Consera's AgileOne product.

The product will enable companies to build graphical models that represent business services mapped to underlying IT components and will allow for unified management of the complete IT environment.

HP also said the Delivery Designer's drag-and-drop interface will help companies reduce the time and cost of deployment and deliver a graphical user environment to develop or customise workflows.

IDC manager of software research Warren Shiau said HP's purchase of Consera "fits well" with the general direction of what users are demanding, which is for an improvement in the manageability of software at different points in the spectrum.

"It doesn't matter if it's infrastructure software...network management or applications, just manageability of software in general has become an issue," Shiau added.

The company's acquisition of Consera was one of two purchases HP announced earlier this month. The second is Novadigm -a provider of software and content management products - which is still subject to the approval of the company's stockholders.

Lindsay Bruce writes for ITWorldCanada.com

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