This week, at its annual Discover user conference, Hewlett-Packard put cloud computing and big data on the top of the agenda, capitalizing on the heavy work it has been doing with these technologies.
Recently, the company unified its cloud services under the Helion brand name, using the open-source OpenStack as a foundation. The company continues to work on its software stack for big-data processing, called HAVEn (Hadoop, Autonomy, Vertica, enterprise security, apps).
The company also plans to launch an online magazine, called Matter, designed to help top executives understand how best to drive business value through technology. One of the chief issues the magazine will address is the growing gap between the promise of cloud computing and big data and the actual IT systems that organizations have in place today.
Prior to Discover, we sat down with HP CIO Ramon Baez to learn more about HP's vision for cloud computing and big data and how HP can help its customers make the most of these new technologies. Here is an edited transcript of that conversation.
IDGNS: You had mentioned that there is a gap between the CIO's optimism about what can be done with big data and the cloud, and the systems they actually have in place. Why do you think there is this disparity?
Baez: I think it happens for various reasons. The shifts are occurring so rapidly that talent isn't keeping up with the changes.
I know when I was delivering my first software as a service years ago, we didn't have people who were cloud integrators. They did on-premise integration, and that is very different from doing cloud integrations.
Cloud is a very different mindset. It's not just about the technology but the leadership of the organization. Do they have the people with the right attitude and aptitude to get things done?
Many people don't have a vision of how they want to use the cloud. About 37 percent [of managers surveyed by HP] did not have a true vision of how cloud can be used, whether software as a service, infrastructure as a service or platform as a service.
Take a look at big data, which I guarantee is not hype. But the problem is, the technical people are developing these really great tools, but users aren't educated about them.
Our job at HP is to articulate the value that we got using these technologies. We believe you can get the same benefit from doing these things as well.
IDGNS: How is the cloud changing businesses?
Baez: The cloud has opened up business leaders to be much more IT-savvy. They have a better idea of what they need than ever before.
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