While the main stage presentations on Monday focused on high-level strategy, Tuesday’s keynotes were more tactical, showcasing innovations across the hardware and software portfolio. Ann Livermore started out the keynotes today, followed by hardware leader Dave Donatelli, and then software leader Bill Veghte concluded the session.
The thing that came together for me and many others I spoke to was how complementary the hardware and software presentations were. Both focused on solving one of the big challenges customers face today: how to deliver new business services more efficiently.
On the hardware side, the usual themes of better, faster, cheaper prevailed. The innovations in delivering more computing power will less power and space requirements were truly impressive. The hardware team also focused on manageability and their embedded tools for managing a converged infrastructure.
The software presentation also focused on helping customers deliver business services. In this case the content was divided across the key phases of application lifecycle, rather than divided by infrastructure discipline. To make the case, various executives in the software organization showed live demos highlighting different software disciplines. The demos included:
- · Application development
- · Provisioning
- · Infrastructure Management (using the complete Business Service Management portfolio)
- · Information Management
- · Security (including discussion of the new integrations between ArcSight and HP Operations Manager)
My friend and colleague, Wolfgang Maier, VP of Engineering, delivered the BSM demo. As with most IT matters, this is truly a team sport. I know that many people came together behind the scenes to define the use case, write the script, and prepare the demo environment. The extensive preparation showed, as the whole demo went flawlessly, aided in good part by Wolfgang’s sense of humor.
For the rest of the afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a great reception at the V Bar at the Venetian, hosted by CT Consultants, one of our Canadian Partners, and Arrow, one of HP’s leading distributors. They introduced a new management solution for mid-sized enterprises. And that is the topic of the next blog post.
For HP Operations Center, Peter Spielvogel.