HP has announced products, solutions and services that help organizations shift their IT spending from operations to innovation, to break what it terms ‘innovation gridlock.’
“Innovation gridlock is where an IT organization is blocked from driving necessary business organization because the cost of operations prevents them from investing, and costs them flexibility,” said Dave Frederickson, VP of Enterprise Server Storage and Networking Business for HP Canada. “It doesn’t let them keep up with the competition.”
HP has released new research conducted on their behalf by Coleman Parkes Research Ltd. that finds that one out of every two business executives feel their companies suffer from innovation gridlock which prevents their organizations from keeping up with the competition.This gridlock also carries inherent costs. Ninety-five percent of respondents said innovation gridlock cost them lost opportunities; 93 percent indicated it cost them in terms of lost effort from resources; and 99 percent said it cost them lost time.
HP has announced three approaches to dealing with the issue. The first is to create self-funding projects that allow transformation within current budget constraints. The second is architecting new solutions for change so IT organizations can quickly and easily add new functionality, ensuring that today’s innovation does not become tomorrow’s legacy. And the third is freeing up funds trapped in operations.
The creating of self-funding projects includes offering qualified clients a complimentary, hands-on HP Applications Modernization Transformation Experience session, which shows them modernization and its benefits. By retiring legacy applications and eliminating complexity in technology environments, organizations are able to self-fund their modernization journeys.
It also includes new HP Modernization Funding Options, which provide clients with access to capital based on the value of existing systems, helping to fund investments in new technology and innovation.
And it includes some new product. Advancements to the HP Insight Control server management software suite include HP Integrated Lights-Out Advanced (iLO 3), which significantly improves system operations and efficiency throughout the server life cycle. Addressing one of the largest operational cost centers for most enterprises, iLO 3 can lower administration costs through simplified server setup, power and thermal optimization, and embedded system health monitoring.
HP also introduced additional HP ProLiant servers — the DL360 G7 and DL380 G7. These servers advance traditional server economics by exponentially improving cost-efficiency while increasing performance. HP ProLiant G7 servers deliver a 20:1 or greater consolidation ratio, a 27 times performance-per-watt increase, and an industry-leading two-month return on investment. After the initial payback, these servers continue to deliver savings that can be used to invest in new IT projects.
It’s these new product announcements that are the most significant element for partners in the announcement at this time, Frederickson said.
“The big piece for the partners is the G7 ProLiant offerings rolling out with the new suite of server management software, increasing performance of server management,” he said. “These can show customers compelling reasons why this is an appropriate time for them to upgrade their server environment.”
Architecting new solutions for change is all about the new HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) solution, which enables clients to architect their IT environments for change by accelerating the deployment and automated management of private and public cloud initiatives. With the new HP CSA solution, clients can improve efficiency, free up resources and lower the risks associated with the adoption and management of cloud services. This allows them to capitalize on new cloud-based services to quicken time to market.
The third element, freeing up funds trapped in operations, are mainly a direct services play at this time. An expanded HP Mission Critical Services portfolio delivers multilevel support for the entire virtualized environment including hardware, operating systems and hypervisors. As part of this expansion, the HP Mission Critical Partnership now delivers support for multivendor x86 environments.
Available through the updated line of HP Proactive Services, new HP IT Service Management Assessment for Virtualized Environments increases the operational efficiency of virtualized environments and frees up operational costs through expert recommendations and priority improvements.
And finally, a new HP Financial Solution Analysis offers enterprise clients a customized assessment of direct and indirect costs, as well as benefits associated with implementation of IT solutions. Organizations can make better financial decisions by analyzing a full spectrum of costs related to IT and can then free up funds that are trapped in operations.
“The key differentiator in all of this is that we are innovating on top of the industry standard,” Frederickson said. “This will help free up the opportunities for us.”