Do you use OpenView?

Of course this is a trick question. HP changed the name of OpenView several years ago. The solution that is the main topic of this blog, HP Operations Manager, was formerly OpenView Operations or OVO. If you are interested in a mapping of all the former OpenView products and their new names, there is an OpenView disambiguation page on


openviewlogo.jpgSo why this blog post leading with the old OpenView name? Many customers still refer to the product by its old name. When I mention Operations Manager, they will offer a puzzled look, then the light will go on, and they say “oh, you mean OpenView.”


The same thing happens with some partners. I talk about HP Operations Center and the consolidated event and performance management value proposition. They know exactly what I am talking about. Many sell millions of dollars a year of HP Operations Center products. (A hearty thank you to our seasoned partners who really know how to sell, install, and maintain the product.) They know every SKU and part number in the portfolio. But, they still like to use the old branding.




I would like to hear your comments about why the old name is so sticky.


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NioByte2k12 | ‎03-30-2012 06:09 AM

Maybe it's because there was a lot of overarching products with the OpenView name. I personally use names OA (Operations Agent), OM (Operations Manager), OMU (Operations Manager for UNIX) and OVO (OpenView Operations) as well as OVOU (OpenView Operations for UNIX).


Most still refer to it as OVO as when the product was purchased and installed it was known as this. Then again HP Operations Manager has many different names over the years such as:


  • OpC (Operations Center) -> 1993 [1.0] to 1995 (2.0)
  • ITO (Information Technology Operations) -> 1996 [3.0] to 1999 [5.3]
  • VPO/W (Vantage Point Operations/Windows) -> 1999 [VPW -6.0 first version for Windows] / 2000 [VPO - 6.0 for UNIX] to 2001 [VPW 6.10 for Windows]
  • OVO/U/W (OpenView Operations UNIX/Windows) -> 2002 [7.0 both OVOU & OVOW] to 2005 [OVOU 8.10] & 2007 [OVOW - 7.xx EOL]
  • OM/L/S/U/W (Operations Manager Linux/Solaris/UNIX/Windows) -> 2005 [OMW 7.50], 2006 [OMU 8.2x] to present [OML 9.xx -2009, OMU 9.xx - 2009,  OMS 9.xx - 2010] and OMW 8.xx [2007 to present]
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