Tech Overhaul: HP's Top 5 IT Initiatives

CIO Randy Mott's priorities at HP include reducing the number of supported applications, consolidating data centers, and more.

Aaron Ricadela, Contributor

September 15, 2006

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During a speech at the InformationWeek Fall Conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on Sept. 10, Hewlett-Packard CIO Randy Mott outlined HP's top IT goals for the next three years. The changes aim to reduce expenses, better position the company to grow, and position HP's IT shop as an exemplar of home grown technology. Here's what's on Mott's to-do list.

  1. Reduce the number of applications HP supports from 5,000 to 1,500. Mott wants fewer apps with more global reach.

  2. Establish 29 core IT sites, down from more than 100 worldwide. Shift resources so that 80% of IT staff's time is spent on development and 20% on support. Meanwhile, reduce the IT workforce from 19,000 internal and contract workers in 2005 to 8,000 in 2008. And shoot for 98% on-time project delivery in 2009, from 81% this year.

  3. Consolidate 85 data centers into six, in Austin, Atlanta, and Houston. They'll all be interconnected for redundancy and business continuity. The goals: 30% fewer servers but 80% more processing power; a decrease in storage costs while doubling capacity; half the networking cost but 30% more bandwidth.

  4. Build an enterprise data warehouse based on HP technology to generate more accurate, timely business intelligence. Distribute business metrics more widely within HP. The company today has more than 700 data marts.

  5. Build a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure using HP products to be used as a showcase for enterprise customers.

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