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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 ...

Our new leader brings proven track record and a focus on customers

I'm looking forward to introducing our community to Bill Veghte, our new executive vice president of the HP Software & Solutions organization. For those of you coming to SW Universe  you might get the opportunity to meet Bill face-to-face.  For the rest of you, let me tell you a little about our new leader. 

Bill is a Harvard educated marketing professional.  Before coming to HP, he worked at Microsoft for nearly two decades.  Most recently he ran the company's $15 billion global Windows® business including the launch of Windows 7 and Small Business Server 2003 product lines. 

While it's only natural for those of us at HP to be excited about our new leader, it's great to see that the IT press and analyst community are embracing the announcement as well.   Here are just a few snippets:

"'I'm a software guy,' Veghte said today in an interview. 'I've spent a lot of time with customers. They'd like to see H-P do more.'" - Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

"In choosing HP, Veghte said he looked at how software buying is changing and the emergence of cloud computing and other trends. 'We're still in the early stages of what is, in my opinion, the biggest change since client-server in how businesses use technology,' Veghte said. 'It's a great opportunity given where the market is going.'" - CNET

"HP has built a strong reputation as a technology powerhouse with a respected global brand and deep client relationships," said Veghte. "Software is a strategic part of driving greater innovation to our clients, and I look forward to leading the HP software team to continue to build a world-class business."-HP Press Release

As you can see, Bill has a commitment to putting the customer first.  He promises to listen and work with customers to grow the software business at HP.  I hope you share my enthusiasm as we begin a new chapter with new leadership.

For more information on HP Software and Solution, visit www.hp.com/software.

Until next time....

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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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  • 12 years experienced Marketing professional specialized in innovative and disruptive technologies such as Cloud, Big Data, Mobility.
  • 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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