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.

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. 

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