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How Goldie, the midsize company IT director, found just-right solutions for her midsize data center challenges

Once upon a time there was an IT director named Goldie.  As the IT director for a midsize company, Goldie dealt with the same problems as her peers at large enterprise companies.   Goldie's challenges included managing heterogeneous virtualized environments, protecting and securing business critical data, and understanding how to take advantage of cloud-based solutions.  

Goldie went looking for technology she could use to keep her business up and running with less capital, not as many employees and fewer technology resources. Because Goldie's budget was smaller, financing was harder to get.  Small business solutions often weren't robust enough, while large enterprise solutions offered more complexity than her data center needed. 

One day Goldie happened upon the HP ten.to.one portfolio designed especially to meet the needs of global companies with 1,000 to 10,000 employees. Goldie tried out the new solutions.  She discovered that they were just right for midsize enterprises like hers.  The portfolio offered products with just-right pricing, just-right financing options, just-right delivery models and packaging.  And all had innovation from technology leader HP to help Goldie simply her IT value chain.

For example, Goldie found that HP LoadRunner, a market leading performance testing solution, is now available as a low-cost Cloud-based solution to help her test her mission critical applications and websites.  HP LoadRunner in the Cloud, available via the Amazon EC2 platform, is a performance testing solution that will provide Goldie with an affordable, pay as you go approach for optimizing website performance.

For risk management, Goldie discovered that HP ten.to.one could help her save 30 to 70 percent on backup and recovery with its HP Data Protector software.  She learned that more than 37,000 customers worldwide use Data Protector to protect their physical and virtual servers.  And that Data Protector can help her simplify her virtual server backup challenges. 

For infrastructure management, Goldie found the HP SiteScope Operations Manager was just-right to help her quickly and easily verify the status of IT operations, identify issues and initiate corrective actions - which eliminates customer downtime, making IT more responsive and efficient.  Goldie thought this product would help her and her company do a better job.

Finally, because Goldie has limited resources and staff, she prefers to source software and services from value-added resellers and systems integrators. The HP ten.to.one initiative includes a key focus on enabling and supporting Goldie's key resellers, so they are in turn equipped to serve customers, like Goldie, even better. Goldie can continue to work with the vendors she trusts and who know her technology needs.

If you would like to try on these special midsize software solutions for yourself, visit www.hp.com/go/software/midsize. There you can download product trials, read new research about the challenges of midsize IT directors, and find easy access to the HP partner community.  You'll also find special offers and promotions. 

Let us know what you think about these new just-right solutions for midsize enterprises. 

Because you asked … HP Software hosts new Interactive Tech Talks in May, June and July

During the testing and building phase of our new community we spoke in-depth to our customers.  We discovered that IT Staff are looking for more information like tools and FAQs to make their jobs easier.   Middle managers told us while they relate to technical challenges, they also are interested in resource management and cost reduction.  Both groups want to learn how to gain the full benefits of HP software for the end results of performance improvements, higher efficiency, integration, migration and security.

In response to these needs, HP Software & Solutions is hosting a new series of Interactive Tech Talks during May, June and July.   Sessions are 60 minutes long and are live, presented by an HP Software Solution architect.  All sessions start at 10:00am PT/ 1:00pm ET.  Each Tech Talk will help you gain technical understanding of HP Software products and will include a presentation, a product demonstration and a Q&A session. 

Tech Talks begin this week and weekly through July with a new live session for each product.  More than a dozen HP Software products and solutions will be covered in these sessions.  They include: 

  • HP Asset Manager: Managing the IT asset life-cycle

  • HP Business Availability Center (BAC) and HP SiteScope: Maintain the availability and performance of your distributed IT infrastructure

  • HP Client Automation: Improve efficiency, security & end user satisfaction

  • HP Data Protector: automate high performance backup and recovery

  • HP LoadRunner: Take control of application performance and scalability challenges

  • HP Network Automation: Automate and control your network

  • HP Network Node Manager: Improve network operational efficiency

  • HP Operations Manager: Consolidate infrastructure monitoring and reduce IT management costs

  • HP Project & Portfolio Management: Strategic management of your business

  • HP Quality Center: Taking Quality Management to a New Level

  • HP QuickTest Professional: Simplify the automation of functional and regression testing with HP Functional Testing

  • HP Server Automation: Managing physical & virtual servers in your data center

  • HP Service Manager: Improve service quality, visibility and efficiencies

  • HP Service Test Management and Service Test: Capabilities of HP Service Test Management and Service Test

Related link: Tech Talks information and registration page

We'd like to know what you think of these sessions.  Are there other Talk Talks you would like HP to present?  Let us hear from you!

Until next time ...

Happy Earth Day!

Hello everyone -

I wanted to take a moment to reflect a bit on Earth Day.  I know it is a bit of a departure from talking about the HP Software Solutions Community but if you think about it - we are all a member of the Earth's community and just as we nourish and care for the software community, we can also take a step back and think about how we can do the same for the planet. 

But before I do so, I wanted to share a bit about how my 2 1/2 year has "gotten" the message of the importance of taking care of the planet.  Last night, before bedtime, we were chatting about Earth Day and what it means to us: recycling, turning off the lights, and be careful of how much water we use.  So this morning, as she is brushing her teeth she turned off the water for the first time without any prompting!  And I said, "Good job!  Why did you do that?" and she said, "Because I no make the Earth sad!"  While it gave me a sense of pride and little laugh, it got me to thinking that if a 2 year old can get the message that fast then certainly we can too!  :smileyhappy:

So with that, I have some ideas for you in terms of how you could take action.  I encourage you to learn how to reuse or recycle electronic equipment or calculate your printer or PC’s carbon footprint.  You can do that all right on HP's site.  Take a look and take action now!

Until next time...


Customers, like you, help HP get agile

We often have customers ask us if we practice what we preach and if we use our own technology within HP.  For agile development, the answer is a resounding yes! Most of our R&D teams use agile methodology, and customers, like you, help us get it right.

For example, the R&D team that develops HP Quality Center software first adopted the agile approach in 2006.  And step-by-step they have been adopting new concepts through agile's iterative approach-using our very own HP Quality Center software. 

What's cool is that our Quality Center development team can test and gather feedback on enhancements from the two major groups who use our software-employees and external customers.  The team uses four-week long iterations with extensive testing.  Along with the testing at every phase, there is constant feedback on performance and enhancements. The end result is better software that has been more thoroughly tested and is able to be modified quickly to meet customer requirements.  

Rather than regurgitating the entire case study here, I encourage you to download the white paper and learn more about how HP is using agile.  What experiences have you had with agile development?  Are there tips and tricks that you can share with others?  Are you one of the customers who helped with the agile development?

If you haven't checked out Agile in the new HP Software Solutions Community, please take a moment to do.  We can continue the discussion there or add new ideas as well.

Community has launched!

Last week was a big one for HP Software & Solutions.  First, the HP Software Solutions Community officially launched publicly on April 8.  As the Community Manager, I can't tell you how exciting and rewarding it is to have this new community live.  It's a big, big milestone in our goal to make 2010 the year of the community. 

The pride I have for the many people who made this new community a reality is enormous. But, I am most proud of you, our customers, who stepped up to contribute your ideas and passion, first in the alpha stage and then in the beta phase.  Now all customers, like you, have a place to exchange ideas, best practices, find solutions and connect peer-to-peer. 

A big thanks, also, to all who stopped by to check out the new community.  No registration is necessary if all you desire is to look around and read the threads.  If you want to post a thread yourself or answer a post, you'll need to register.  But registration is very easy, and we promise to guard your privacy.  We only ask a few quick questions and you'll be all set.

Another important achievement of last week was the publication of HP's annual Global Citizenship Report.    The report highlights how HP is using IT to solve critical problems for people everywhere.  You can't help but feel good when the company you work for is making the world a better place right now and in the future.

It is especially gratifying to see how HP Software & Solutions is contributing to HP's programs for the betterment of society.  For example, healthcare and education are two of the five issues HP designates as critical to worldwide socioeconomic progress. Because of my work with so many customers, I know first-hand how our software has helped in these two fields.  

So, I invite you to not only check out the new community, but also to read the HP Global Citizenship report.  Please share your thoughts about HP's social betterment programs with us.  We'd like to know how well is HP living up to its goal to be an exemplary global citizen.  What programs, projects or policies did you find especially compelling? 

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  • Brian is Senior Manager of the IT Experts Community for HP Software. Brian has 25 years of software industry expertise from roles as a developer, sales engineer, instructor, consultant and marketer.
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  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Enterprise Architect helping large enterprises and telecom service providers with business aligned IT solutions for over two decades.
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