HP Strikes at the Heart of Information Management Problem

Michael Vizard
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Information Management Spirals out of Control

There is very little consensus about how to alleviate the problems with information management.

Most organizations do a really bad job of leveraging the information they already have, never mind actually making use of additional information. Most organizations need a lot help when it comes to turning all the data they collect into something that could be called useful information.


At the HP Discover 2011 conference today in Vienna, Hewlett-Packard rolled out a raft of new tools designed to address this specific issue, including a version of the Autonomy information management platform the company recently acquired and a series of enhanced storage systems.


According to Paul Muller, IT Management Evangelist, HP Software, customers are starting to realize how critical it is to merge data and storage management in era when the amount of data that needs to be managed is spiraling out of control. To deal with all the islands of information inside the organization, HP is proposing that customers take a more holistic approach to managing data based on a unified architecture that spans everything from the storage systems at the lowest levels right on up through specific business processes.


In addition to the release of Autonomy IDOL 10, which enhances the core search engine functionality inside the Autonomy application with the addition of analytics software based on technology that HP gained with the acquisition of Vertica, HP also unveiled new tools for analyzing social media data. It also unveiled an upgrade to the HP IT Performance Suite that now includes an executive dashboard and tighter integration with HP business process management software, and a series of new appliances for deploying Autonomy software.


Collectively, Muller says all these offerings help customers organize and then leverage all the metadata that exists surrounding various business processes in a way that makes the intelligence gathered actionable.


Although many have been critical of the price that HP paid to acquire Autonomy, the issue that HP is trying to address strikes at the heart of why IT is not perceived as having as much value to the business as it should. It's basically too hard right now for most businesses to consistently derive business value for all the information it collects. The IT industry as a whole is still a long way from solving this problem, but the fact that application software, data management tools and storage systems are all moving forward in lockstep in this HP announcement suggests that change for the better is finally starting to take place.



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