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Discover day 4 wrap-up

discovervegas4.JPGWhat were the highlights of HP Discover? Our three Backstage bloggers – HP Software evangelist Paul Muller, Chief Cloud Technologist Christian Verstraete and Security Evangelist Rafal Los – share their thoughts and impressions at the close of the show.

Discover discussion: The relationship between business and IT

genekimvideodiscover.JPGHow has consumerization affected the relationship between the business and IT? What can IT learn from other industries that will help it evolve to meet the challenges it faces today? At HP Discover these questions sparked a fascinating and far-ranging discussion between three well-known experts – HP Chief Cloud Technologist Christian Verstraete, HP Software Evangelist Paul Muller and Tripwire founder and Visible Ops co-author Gene Kim – resulting in some very concrete insights that CIOs can start applying today.

HP Discover day 3 wrap-up

discovervegas3.JPGWhen every minute of downtime can have severe financial consequences, the strength of your applications testing process is central to your business. Our Backstage wrap-up video from day 3 of HP Discover has HP Security Evangelist Rafal Los talking with HP customer Faisal Asif, director of process and assurance at Baker Hughes, a global oilfield services company, about how software testing and security give them a competitive edge.

Discover security session: You never had control

Rafal_-Profile_Web.jpgBy Brian McDonough, Discover Performance Managing Editor


At HP Discover Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon, Rafal Los, HP Software's chief security evangelist, talked the challenges of security in a cloud-based or hybrid world, part of the “Master the Cloud” track at the show.


CISOs can be major impediment to business agility because they're concerned with protecting the enterprise, which Los said has become a focus on “control.” And with the advent of hybrid IT delivery, security leaders tend to freak out because they can't control the cloud. Which begs one question, Los said: “Did you ever have control to begin with?”

Software keynote at Discover: The next generation of IT

markpottskeynote.JPGBy Brian McDonough, Discover Performance Managing Editor


Mark Potts, CTO of HP Software, took the stage in a large fifth-floor ballroom to discuss the future of IT and the way HP is evolving to meet it. If there was a single theme to be drawn from a 50-minute presentation that brought a number of HP execs to the stage, it was the fragmentary nature of the IT journey ahead of us. 


Hybrid delivery was at the foundation of much of what he said, but what showed through was the multiple options that a hybrid world brings also mean that there's no one way forward for every IT enterprise.  Potts' talk promised a world in which IT leaders can chart their own course, but can unify the solutions they choose to get more out of their IT.

HP Discover day 2 wrap-up

discovervegasday2.jpgWhether you’re joining us at HP Discover in Vegas, or simply following the show virtually, you can get a perspective on the day’s events from HP Software’s team of expert bloggers, Paul Muller, Christian Verstraete and Rafal Los in their daily wrap-up videos.

Autonomy keynote at HP Discover: Finding meaning in data

autonomykeynote.jpgIn business, finding information is only half the battle: You also need to take action on that information. To do that, business users need to have easy access to information in a way that helps them make better decisions. That was the message from Stouffer Egan, CEO, U.S., of Autonomy, who spoke at HP Discover in a keynote called “The biggest transition in the history of IT.”


Autonomy’s approach to information can help businesses manage interactions with customers (through mobile, web, and social media touchpoints, but also through audio files from customer service calls, for example). And while Autonomy’s offerings help businesses achieve competitive advantage through harnessing their information, they can also help businesses manage the risk their information poses, with solutions for ediscovery, data archiving and records.

The HP Cloud Services vision at HP Discover

convergedcloudkeynote.JPGIn the next 10 years, IT organizations will evolve to be all about delivering services, in the process flipping the ratio from the CAPEX-heavy environments they largely are now to become essentially all OPEX. With this transformation comes the opportunity to meet the new BYOD world head on.


That’s the vision HP’s Zorawar “Biri” Singh, senior vice president, HP Cloud Services, just laid out in his “Winning with HP’s Converged Cloud Solutions” keynote today at HP Discover. With Converged Cloud, HP is embracing the trend toward IT as service broker and driving to where the future computing stack evolves.

HP Discover day 1 wrap-up

discover2012wrapupday1.JPGDay 1 of HP Discover is over, and in a show this big with so much going on, it can be easy to feel like you can’t keep up. Here’s one way to keep on top of the news coming out of the show: Each day HP Backstage is hosting an end-of-day wrap up, covering the news of the day and offering perspective and analysis from HP’s Backstage bloggers.

See us at Discover Las Vegas (or follow us online)

backstagevidvegas2012.jpgBy Brian McDonough, Discover Performance managing editor


HP Software Evangelist Paul Muller has just put up a two-minute video overview of HP Discover Las Vegas, our premiere showcase.  Whether you’re attending the show next week, still need to register (see Paul’s video for a discount code), or want to know what will be happening, give it a watch.

Discover session on the impact IT Ops can have on the business

Next week I’ll be at HP Discover in Las Vegas, reporting for this blog on a number of sessions all having to do with managing your IT performance. (I’ll also be hanging out in booth #100 if you want to stop by and say hello.)


One session on my calendar is “How IT Operations can Impact Business Direction” (BB2681). Helping IT leaders demonstrate the value that their organizations bring to the business is something we try to do both on this blog and in the Discover Performance newsletter.

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