Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

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Partnerships that make dreams come true

“DreamWorks Animation (DreamWorks) moves to state-of-the-art data protection and retention, safeguarding creative assets for future audiences” was the title of the HP Discover breakout session where Scott Miller, Senior Engineer, shared the mind-boggling volume of data processed for How to Train Your Dragon 2, which took about 3.5 years to make. Miller detailed technologies that enable the underlying storage infrastructure. Infrastructure, however, is a lot more than just storage. Curiosity took me to the How to Train Your Dragon 2 exhibit at the conference, which showcased the technologies that enable the lifecycle of movie-making—thanks to the HP / DreamWorks partnership that makes dreams come true.

What were you really thinking about HP DISCOVER?

When you walk into the Discover Zone, you are awestruck by the diverse perspectives at simultaneous play – big signs for New Style of IT paradigms such as Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security; various partners and vendors; multiple Discover Theater sessions going on in parallel. You pause and wonder, “What is going through the minds of about 10,000 people attending the conference? What are the other 9,999 attendees thinking? Is there is a way to get a sneak preview into the collective mindset -- on a continuous basis?” Say hello to the Social Media Command Center at HP Discover.

The state of technology in 25 years

I came out of Meg Whitman’s keynote at HP Discover and saw the HP 2039 video booth, where attendees could share their thoughts on what technology would look like in 25 years. Charged by the forward-thinking shared during the keynote address, I quickly synthesized my own thoughts into the 1-minute video clip.

 

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Rejuvenating the trifecta of partnership at HP Discover

“Sometimes 30-year marriages need a little rejuvenation,” quipped HP CEO Meg Whitman on stage at HP Discover Day 2 with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella by video. New York Times Columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Thomas Friedman was on stage moderating the discussion between these three leaders of the 21st century—leaders who embrace a new style of thinking to address the challenges faced by the enterprises of today; spearheading a new wave in their respective companies. This new wave of thinking goes beyond the enterprise, and applies to the partnership as a whole. It is time to rejuvenate this trifecta of partnership between HP, Intel and Microsoft. And what better place to do this than on stage for the first time together at HP Discover 2014?

 

Discover an enjoyable User Experience beyond the GUI

“It is not just about being useful, but it needs to be usable and ultimately enjoyable.” That was the slide that was up on the screen as I walked into the DT3804 session - How to build great Mobile Apps by Traci Terterian and Oded Klimer at HP Discover. Terterian was talking about building great mobile apps, based on a design that is centered around the new Nucleus of IT—the user. In the true spirit of having fun in the Race to the New Style of IT, the Mobile App must be an enjoyable experience for the user—an app  the user should want to use rather than have to use. Therein lies the fundamentals of “an enjoyable user experience,” much more than the basic functional value the Graphical User Interface (GUI) used to deliver. Useful doesn’t cut it anymore. 

 

Discover the company that founded Silicon Valley 75 years ago—HP

HPgarage.pngThe video at the first HP Discover General Session started with black-and-white photos of two gentlemen in The Garage, the voiceover calling out an engineering company that was founded in 1939. Their first customer was Walt Disney, who bought eight oscillators to enhance the audio quality of the animated film Fantasia in 1940. Two students from Stanford University founded this company and decided on its name with a coin toss. “Had it been tails, this would have been 75 years of PH instead of HP,” quipped HP CEO Meg Whitman as she took center stage at HP Discover. She then went on to highlight the track record of innovation the world has seen from this company that all started in The Garage. Click here for a walk down memory lane. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard used all of the $538 of working capital to found the Silicon Valley we know today, Whitman said. She continued to call out various HP milestones during 75 years of thinking, imagining, inventing and creating.

 

Racing to the New Style of IT can be fun at HP Discover

I enter the Discover Zone at HP Discover and see a couple of checkered flags. Behind them, a huge monitor displays an automobile racing up the highway like you would see in a NASCAR race. Standing in front of this monitor is an excited “racer,” navigating the automobile with great enthusiasm on the screen. The racer, representing an enterprise, is posed questions on their tablet concerning the solutions that would best address the challenges specific to them. They are rewarded for choosing the right answers. And penalized – like any other game – for choosing incorrectly. But this is a race where everyone is a winner due to a very simple reason – you start with the challenges specific to your enterprise environment and walk out with the solutions that best suit your needs. Join me as I walk you through why racing to the New Style of IT can be fun at HP Discover.

 

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Information Governance: Failing to plan is planning to fail

I am intrigued by the title for this HP Discover session: DT3566 - Information governance: Organizations don’t plan to fail, but fail to plan by HP Offering Manager, Thomas Ruske. Even though Information Governance is a fundamental pillar of any information strategy, it is frequently overlooked. As the abstract mentions, “Information Governance requires a comprehensive plan.” Not having such an approach is a recipe for failure. Hence the title: Failing to plan is planning to fail! But the session raises another question in my mind: How is Information Governance different from Data Governance? 

 

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Transforming the City of Las Vegas at HP Discover

The CIO of Las Vegas several decades ago (if they had CIOs then!), would have had all the flexibility to evolve the barren Nevada landscape into anything he or she wanted at that time. A classic equivalent of a green field environment within enterprises of today. But enterprises are faced with the reality of a sprawling landscape of applications and supporting infrastructure – just like the labyrinth of casinos and architectural marvels in Las Vegas with no breathing space. Enterprises – like Vegas – need to have a transformation strategy that takes them from the landscape of applications to the cloudscape of services driven by the New Style Of IT. What better place to discuss this than HP Discover 2014!

 

Intel excels at the heart of HP Discover

I have been witness to the Intel-HP partnership at past HP Discover conferences. HP Discover 2014 is no exception. As I peruse the Intel sessions at this conference, DT4067 by Rich Nockels, Intel Marketing Manager stands out for me. It highlights how HP and Intel are bridging the gap between users and IT, with a new wave of devices that users will want to use for both work and play. Users like myself, who are planning on dressing up with wearables for this conference. I read more into this session because I see an emerging theme, reinforced by other Intel sessions, punctuating the HP-Intel partnership. It is a partnership with Intel at the heart, which manifests itself from various perspectives at HP Discover. 

Little Data can change the user experience with relevant information at HP Discover

The integration of next-generation technologies will change the focus in the near future to bringing “relevant information” to users based on conversation context, location, etc. This is the essence of the DT3574 - How future technologies will change the role between users and information session delivered by Seth Pickett, HP Senior Director. It is intended to be an open discussion on how enterprises will enable these technologies to gain competitive advantage. But the impact of such technologies starts with individuals like you and me. Say hello to Little Data, which is all about having timely access to information that matters to the individual with context. Little by little, appropriate chunks of relevant information will enrich the user experience when dealing with zettabytes of Big Data.

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