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Meg Whitman: Enterprise agenda: Business powered by IT

Meg Whitman: Enterprise agenda: Business powered by IT

IT is now a critical strategic factor in determining whether the organisation will win or lose in the marketplace, says HP's CEO.

HP CEO Meg Whitman says IT remains a defining change agent as the industry stands at a major inflection point brought by the major trends of cloud, security, big data and mobile.

This shift demands what anew style of IT which in reality is a new style of business that is powered by IT, said Whitman in her keynote at the HP World Tour in Beijing. Whitman says this type of shift happens every 10 to 15 years. “When this shift happens, everything changes and IT becomes even more important to your enterprise.” “IT is no longer about keeping computers running, it is now a critical strategic factor in determining whether your organisation will win or lose in the marketplace,” she says. “You are no longer down in the engine room, you are up in the bridge consulting with the captain." The shift means more opportunities for organisations to reduce costs, become more agile and gain speed to market, she says. But the change also brings new pressures on the business, with IT is being challenged in ways that have never been seen before. IT needs to accelerate its speed which means having the right infrastructure, applications and services to keep pace with the business and “very demanding consumers”. She points out that size and scale are no longer barriers to market so organisations may find their competitors today did not even exist two years ago. “People expect you to be Superman, we understand what you are going through.” “We are managing more data and more complexity than we have ever faced before,” she says, as well as speed in everything from time to market to customer response. “I am here to tell you HP is out to be the very vest technology partner for IT  leaders like you.” “HP can help you manage complexity in ways no company can,” says Whitman. In her one-and-a-half hour keynote, Whitman repeatedly stresses HP’s “unique perspective” from other technology vendors. “We helped build the previous IT world, and we are helping create a new one.” She says the company is equally strong in hardware, software and services “from security to big data”. “We are uniquely qualified because invention and innovation are heritage values for HP, they are in our very DNA.” “You told us you want to see a secure financial footing, confidence your partner will be around today and tomorrow and the day after that,” says Whitman. “Believe me, HP is here to stay.” “You want a great track record on success but no resting on last century’s accomplishments, you want your partner to understand what makes you successful. “You want to partner with great assets like a trusted brand name and resilient employees that will work for your everyday. You want a partner with the ability to see what is ahead, gauge your situation and help navigate at your speed, on your terms.” She says HP’s strategy is to provide the solutions for this new style of IT. “We are the only company with the breadth and depth of innovative products and services to help you succeed in this new reality.” “We understand what you are going through, we are here to help you be the hero,” she says, promising that HP would deliver services that will allow the enterprise to “stay afloat, stay ahead and on top”. At the conference, HP released the results of a new global study showing enterprises are accelerating cloud adoption. Coleman Parkes Research, which conducted the study, reports that by 2016, 77 percent of enterprise IT delivery is expected to be cloud-based in Asia Pacific, with 38 percent as private cloud, 22 percent as managed cloud (private cloud managed by third parties) and 17 percent as public cloud. Traditional IT will remain a key delivery model accounting for 24 percent. Divina Paredes attended the HP World Tour in Beijing as a guest of HP.

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