The IT Performance Suite (ITPS) was a common topic of conversation among customers, partners, and peers during the week. Most of my discussions focused on how ITPS used metrics collected by the products in the Operations Center portfolio, such as Operations Manager, SiteScope, Performance Manager, and our Smart Plug-Ins. The short answer is that the Operations Center metrics rolls up and ITPS combines it with other metrics from other parts of the portfolio to provide executives with a complete picture of how their business is running.
IT Operations staff have measured what matters for decades. They have successfully used products such as HP Operations Center (and its predecessor HP OpenView Operations) to define metrics and track them to manage increasingly complex IT infrastructures. One challenge has been rolling up this data - connecting the information across disparate parts of the business so corporate and IT executives could manage holistically.