With HP Split Looming, Is Big Data Key to Enterprise Strategy?
With Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) split into two separate companies looming on the near horizon, questions about where the new enterprise operation will look for growth have moved into the foreground. How will HP prop up sagging cloud software, license and SaaS revenue, all of which fell noticeably in the vendor’s Q2 2015 results, while keeping its infrastructure business moving ahead?
Similar to a host of its close rivals, big data may be HP’s enterprise salvation. The vendor is set to announce Q3 2015 financials on August 20 after the market’s close so we’re going to get a closer look soon at how its software and cloud strategy is progressing, less than three months away from the November 1 official corporate split date.
But a better view might be gained this week at HP’s Big Data Conference 2015 running from August 10 – 13 in Boston, where we should get some clues into how much HP will rely on big data analytics to boost sales and solidify its enterprise strategy. Certainly, HP will be emphasizing big data’s vast opportunities and reminding attendees of its Haven big data and Vertica analytics platforms.
Top HP executives and other industry luminaries are expected to opine on big data’s transformational capabilities at the conference. A quick look at the agenda offers a few hints about where HP’s going with big data and its enterprise operation:
- Robert Youngjohns, HP Software vice president and Executive Council member, will talk about the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise business and how HP is “betting big on Big Data.”
- Colin Mahony, HP Software Big Data business unit senior vice president and general manager, will discuss the state of the industry and “how every facet of business has been impacted and has the potential to be transformed with Big Data.”
- Shilpa Lawande, HP Big Data Platform Business general manager, will unwrap the latest releases from HP’s Haven Big Data Platform and give some clues into the road ahead for HP Vertica, HP IDOL, Hadoop, predictive analytics, Big Data cloud-based APIs and Services, analytical applications.
- Chris Selland, HP Big Data Platform business development vice president, will talk about the importance of building a full ecosystem of developers and partners to deliver Big Data solutions.
Some luminary-types also will be speaking at the conference, including Poppy Crum, Head of Science Group at Dolby Laboratories, Michael Stonebraker, co-founder and CTO of Tamr and this year’s Turing Award recipient, and none other than Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of the FiveThirtyEight blog, now owned by ESPN but originally popularized for its accurate election results predictions.
At the end of this week to the middle of next week we should have more information about where HP’s enterprise business is headed.