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Kevin Bacon Wowed! by the “Big Hows” at HP Discover

trace.jpgThe parlor game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” links Hollywood personalities to Kevin Bacon in six degrees or less. It aptly characterizes the small-world phenomenon. Despite our physical separation, we are now in a “connected” world through multi-faceted systems of engagement. “Connected matters,” Bacon said when he introduced HP CEO Meg Whitman for her keynote at HP Discover 2013. Bacon went on to say that “Technology is about the end of separation” or “zero degrees of separation.” He characterized HP solutions that made a difference in the daily lives of people as the “Big Wows” that matter to him. In the same breath, Bacon said that the “Big Hows” worry him too. But, does he really need to worry about the “Big Hows”? I don’t think so. Let’s take a look at what Whitman had to say in her keynote.


The Big Wows that Bacon referred to were characterized by the following HP solutions:

  • Cloud-based recall service that expedites the timely recall of potentially harmful food
  • Helping people use their cell phones to verify their medications are genuine.

But, what are some of the Big Hows needed to make these Big Wows real?


1. Solutions such as HAVEn enable organizations to gain actionable insight into their data.


2. Infrastructure such as HP's Moonshot servers redefine the Return on Infrastructure. Or, for that matter, SMB IT in a box, which Whitman announced in partnership with Google enabling business owners to focus on what really matters to them.


3. Applications landscape that maximizes the value of a healthy co-existence of Systems of Record and Systems of Engagement.


4. Software thatturns the tables on computers and wins Presidential elections.


5. Security frameworks that can combat criminal minds to reduce the cost of cybercrime.


The Big Hows by themselves are not adequate. Whitman emphasized the need for enterprises to embrace the New Style of IT (speed, agility, simplicity and cost) with a trusted partner who has the best interests of their “customers to heart.” She was joined via video with United Airlines Senior CIO and VP, Bob Edwards (video) and on stage with Steve Phelps, NASCAR CMO. Both characterized their partnership experience with HP.


  • Edwards described HP as a partner that leverages their people and technology to serve the best interests of United. In Edwards's words, “Knowing that HP knows and appreciates our industry is critical to our success.”


  • The New Style of IT message came through not only in Whitman’s speech but also in other subtle ways where the CMO — the new Master of Big Data — was called upon to share the NASCAR experience aggregating intelligence to drive actionable insights. When GM wanted to try out a new Chevorlet model, NASCAR applied sentiment analysis techniques to the messages exchanged in their Fan and Media Engagement Center to convey the public mind-set about the car back to GM — in advance.

Whitman knows the landscape HP is dealing with. She met 520 customers and 225 partners in the past year who are dealing with new challenges that need a New Style of IT.


So back to Kevin Bacon. By the end of Whitman’s keynote, I wonder if Bacon was still concerned about the Big Hows? Also, am I now connected to Bacon by one degree (or two) because I attended the keynote at HP Discover where he introduced the keynote speaker? Both are questions only Kevin Bacon can answer.


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