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A great HP Discover 2014


Ian Jagger.jpgBy Ian Jagger, Global Portfolio Marketing Manager, HP Technology Consulting Services


Discover 2014 is beginning to wind down. It’s been a busy week. Has it met expectations? I would say a resounding “yes!” And certainly from my perspective. One of the criticisms levied at HP is how its general business units operate independently, and even within the Enterprise Group the Server, Storage, Network and Technology Services groups have their own spheres. But I have to say I have never seen the company more integrated.


This actually should come as no surprise. We’ve being talking about the New Style of IT for some time now. That “style” is required to deal with the challenges emanating from the combination of increased cloud adoption, increased mobility, and increased production of data (as well as the need to collect it and make sense of it). Add to that the increased enterprise IT security risks that accumulate from each of these other “increases.” Convergence of technologies is also not new, but it’s ever more purposeful within the New Style of IT, as each of IT’s infrastructure components blur at the edges. You can’t talk about one without talking about the others. And then there’s the Technology Services wrap to advise, transform, and integrate solutions to help organizations move forward.


I also enjoyed Martin Finks’ vision of taking computing to the ion level. Very cool stuff, which ruffled a few feathers as it suggested that Microsoft might get left behind as and when HP builds a new open operating system with the help of universities around the globe. And that linked in nicely with the 75 year anniversary of HP. The first sale for Hewlett Packard was sound oscillators — and the future of computing rests in light waves! Heavy stuff.


HP’s leadership in Cloud took great steps forward with various announcements around HP Helion. And once again, if I bring it back to the technology integration level, I really like how not only do we talk of each infrastructure component in the same breath, but also how that in turn has to tangibly link to the IT sourcing strategy, be that Cloud, hosted IT or owner-operated data centers. The future of networks, in which they will take commands directly from applications, rounded it off.


From my home in Technology Services and Data Center Consulting, it was an excellent experience not just of more integrated participation at a solution level, but also of more involvement in the phenomenon that's driving much of the increase in data and mobility – social media. We had more experts and executives talking and participating in interactive sessions than ever before, and they’ve done a great job.


As Discover 2014 in Las Vegas closes, I can’t wait for Discover 2014 in Barcelona.



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