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Cloud won't replace traditional IT any time soon - HP

Sathya Mithra Ashok | Oct. 25, 2013
Steve Dietch, VP, worldwide cloud, enterprise group at HP, says that traditional environments will be part of enterprise IT for a long time

KW: In NZ, we don't have the degree of fragmentation that Steve is talking about. But we have moved to put a single focal point or person that leads our discussions with our clients and can be a resource. It is pretty much running a virtual team so that they can talk to each of those converged cloud models around traditional IT, private cloud, managed cloud and public cloud. A lot of our clients want to know the economics behind that. How do I make the choices? What are the trade-offs? There is a focal point now here in the company that can have those kind of conversations. That will be effective from 1 November.

Q: What do you think will be the next big disruptive technology?
SD: I don't know. I am not the guy at HP thinking about the next big disruptive technology. My focus right now is driving the cloud business, the hybrid delivery business. HP is absolutely the market leader in this.

This transformation is going to rock the world. I am not thinking about other disruptive technologies, because what you are looking at from a cloud perspective is going to be massively disruptive for established companies. We are levelling the playing field for mid-level companies by giving those folks access to data analytics tools that would be impossible in the past. I think you are going to see such innovation develop over the next five to ten years from people and come out of the blue that we have never seen in the past. That is where you are going to see the disruption - around business models, new ideas and processes that are enabled by this new style of IT.

Whether there is a new iPad or new i-something , I will leave that to super geniuses that are thinking about it right now. We have a job to do at HP and we are focused on it right now. We are one of the few companies that have a pure research lab left — IBM and us. We are spending money on it, they are thinking about some really cool stuff that will be very disruptive. Not my gig.


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