Strategy Backed by New Software, Services, Solutions, Partners and Customer Support
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2003-- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced its Adaptive Enterprise strategy aimed at companies and chief information officers (CIOs) that demand more out of their IT environments and partners - more accountability, more agility and a better return on information technology.
On the one-year anniversary of its merger with Compaq, the company
unveiled new services, software, solutions and an enterprise reference
architecture designed to help companies measure, architect and manage
change by creating a tighter linkage between business and IT.
"We learned a lot about the role of IT as a business accelerator
in the process of integrating two large companies," said Carly
Fiorina, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "We know from our
customers that every organisation is managing change at some level.
Therefore, it's fitting that we take our experience and combine it
with HP services, solutions, technology and a roadmap to deliver it to
At today's launch event, Fiorina and HP's enterprise team -
including Shane Robison, chief technology officer, Ann Livermore,
executive vice president of HP Services, and Peter Blackmore,
executive vice president of enterprise systems - outlined the
|--||Three new Adaptive Enterprise services, including the industry's first set of business agility metrics, and new methodologies for designing and deploying application and network architectures to support constantly changing business needs.|
|--||New and enhanced software that incorporates technology advances to virtualise server environments for automated real-time resource utilisation based on business priorities and new self-healing solutions for HP OpenView that proactively resolve technical issues associated with enterprise management software (see separate release).|
|--||HP's Darwin Reference Architecture: a framework for creating a business process-focused IT infrastructure designed to dynamically and automatically adjust to changes in the business, based on a set of design principles, industry-standard technologies and proven methodologies from HP and industry partners (see separate release).|
|--||Ten Adaptive Enterprise solutions that address critical customer needs in areas ranging from IT consolidation to enterprise integration, including hardware, software, services and relevant partnerships.|
|--||Customer support for the Adaptive Enterprise strategy, including finalising the contract for Procter & Gamble's $3 billion managed services agreement, the largest in HP Services' history. Additional wins include Alcatel; Sprint; and CGI Group Ltd. for Kinnect, a Lloyd's of London-sponsored initiative (see separate releases).|
|--||HP Labs' unveiled its Utility Data Center (UDC) systems in Palo Alto, Calif., and Bristol, U.K. Linked with HP's grid technologies, these systems are managing HP's cutting-edge research and development work.|
|--||Upgraded HP ProLiant blade servers that out-perform IBM in several new benchmarks, and a multitude of new customers that are using HP blade servers to create a more adaptive infrastructure and drive down cost and complexity (see separate release).|
New Adaptive Enterprise Services Target Customer Needs
HP's new Adaptive Enterprise services are designed to help CIOs
measure, assess and maintain a dynamic link between business and IT.
In addition to improving business agility, the new services are
focused on bringing new discipline to managing, measuring and
operating IT as efficiently as every other business function.
"Improving business agility is a strategic priority for CIOs,"
said Livermore. "Our customers want to drive competitive advantage
with an IT environment that dynamically adapts and evolves with
constantly changing business needs. The services we announced today
provide our customers with an innovative, yet pragmatic approach to
designing, implementing and operating business processes, applications
and their supporting IT infrastructure."
Measure Agility Along Time, Range and Ease
HP's new Agility Assessment Service helps IT organisations measure
and assess their specific IT agility needs. HP, in co-operation with
INSEAD, has examined business process change across a diverse set of
industries and has identified time, range and ease as the three most
critical dimensions for assessing the impact of change on business
processes and the supporting IT and application infrastructure.
"In today's market, agility is the competency that will enable
companies to survive and thrive," said Dr. Jim Oliver, research
manager for IT agility, INSEAD. "Speed or lower costs alone are no
The service identifies specific impediments to agility and
provides a framework for rapid decision-making regarding enterprise
agility improvements and investments. The base line measures
established by the assessment allow the organisation to track
improvements over time.
Make IT Simple, Standard, Modular and Integrated
HP's new Adaptive Application Architecture and Adaptive Network
Architecture services help CIOs implement an IT foundation that
enables the rapid deployment, management and evolution of application
software and IT infrastructure technology. Both services employ the
design principles of simplification, standardisation, modularity and
HP Adaptive Application Architecture services allow organisations
to develop a 360-degree view of their application architecture and are
intended to ensure that everything from data migration to supply chain
aggregation can work together in a way that optimises agility. The
result is a reduction in the number of applications, standardised
interfaces and integration processes, which leads to an environment
where applications can be transformed into reusable components
allowing dynamic interoperability between applications.
As the leading J2EE application infrastructure software provider,
BEA Systems plays a pivotal role in the success of HP Adaptive
Application Architecture service initiative by adapting Web services
platforms to achieve the customer mandate for significant enhancements
in enterprise performance.
"The combined strength of BEA's market position in business
integration and HP's leadership in adaptive infrastructure provides
our joint customers with a springboard from which they can build the
Web services platforms to help enable the next generation of
technology solutions in the market," said Alfred Chuang, chairman,
chief executive officer and founder, BEA Systems.
Re-design the Network Into Business-oriented Domains
HP's new Adaptive Network Architecture services help CIOs
virtualise and extend their corporate networks by redesigning the
underlying network infrastructure into business-oriented, logical
domains that are designed around information needs rather than
physical characteristics. The result is a simple and sustainable
network model that enables the adaptive enterprise.
Based on enterprise-wide intelligent networking solutions from
industry leader Cisco Systems, the preferred networking vendor for
Adaptive Network Architecture, the Adaptive Network Architecture
offers a simple and sustainable network model that enables the
adaptive enterprise. HP and Cisco are working together to ensure the
Adaptive Network Architecture incorporates Cisco best practices in
networking architecture and design.
"Intelligent and agile networks support our customers' business
goals and their growth for the future. HP's Adaptive Network
Architecture and Cisco's industry-leading intelligent network services
together reduce risk, provide greater flexibility and simplify network
management," said James Richardson, senior vice president, Cisco.
"We're extremely pleased that HP has selected Cisco as the preferred
networking vendor of choice throughout the Adaptive Network
"Complex changes to network security policies can be made in far
less time, large groups of users and devices can be added or deleted
from a network in a matter of hours instead of weeks, and no new
networking gear is needed," said David Passmore, research director,
Burton Group. "HP has created a new solution for managing network
security as a system, rather than configuring individual devices."