Hewlett-Packard Tuesday said it is putting some meat on the bones of its “”adaptive enterprise”” strategy introduced in May with software tools, an agreement with SAP and a software

acquisition.

Adaptive enterprise is HP’s term for meeting customer demands in the enterprise like interoperability and getting the most out of existing IT investment. Just last month, HP chief executive Carly Fiorina was compelled to spell this out in greater detail, since the term adaptive enterprise failed to gain any cache in the industry.

At a Tuesday conference in Hamburg, Germany, Nora Denzel, senior vice-president of HP’s adaptive enterprise, introduced some new and re-packaged HP tools to capitalize on the initiative.

Leading the pack is HP Systems Insight Manager, a combination of HP products like TopTools and Service Control Manager that will allow a systems administrator to manage three operating systems (Linux, HP UX and Windows) from a single console.

Denzel described the adaptive enterprise approach as the “”uber OS”” for data centres.

“”What we mean by that is the data centre has a CPU just like the PC has, except it’s not on one motherboard. We’re betting at HP that your companies will remain heterogeneous,”” she said. “”It can dynamically make the trade-off between the CPUs, the storage, the applications and the networking capability.””

Denzel added that the “”adaptive enterprise is a vision for the way that a company can respond in real time to the changes that affect their business. You can’t buy an adaptive enterprise from HP — an adaptive enterprise is built with HP and our partners.””

To that end, long-time HP collaborator SAP Tuesday pledged support for the adaptive enterprise model. “”We are convinced we can help our CIOs . . . to reduce operation costs,”” said SAP’s senior vice-president of active global support Uwe Hommel. “”On the other hand, this is only possible by implementing IT standards from application management to IT operations.

“”We have to bring together the ‘uber operating system’ with our NetWeaver, with our adaptive business solution,”” he added.

NetWeaver, introduced in January, is SAP’s own answer for interoperability in the enterprise and is designed to help unify the company’s portal, application server and analysis products.

HP introduced roughly 40 enhancements and changes to its software and services around adaptive computing. Peter Blackmore, HP’s executive vice-president of enterprise systems group, said that the company is spending US$2.5 billion on research and development for adaptive enterprise, half of which is dedicated to software development.

New additions to HP’s OpenView portfolio include Select Access, integrated management information software based on the company’s acquisition of Talking Blocks in September, and identity management software called Select Access based on an acquisition of assets from Baltimore Technologies in July.

HP will soon add to its intellectual property through the purchase of Persist Technologies, announced Tuesday, which is expected to close by the end of the year. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company specializes in software designed for long-term storage and access to reference information. HP plans to move the software into its information lifecycle management solutions.

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