Recently I attended the 2013 Nth Symposium at the Disneyland Resort and had an opportunity to meet and connect with great people. The sessions were excellent and the opportunity to hear HPs Meg Whitman speak about what's next in IT. When asked a question about problems getting through to people at the company to get help with something, her response was not at all what I expected.
“My email address is … you can contact me and I will help get to the bottom of it – Meg Whitman”
Obviously the email address has been removed for this post, but the fact that she was willing to give it out to help a customer is top notch. It is clear after hearing about a number of new initiatives and technologies from HP, that they do indeed appear to have a vision and ideas about where they want to go.
Autonomy works to get meaning out of data
In a previous post I covered the information side of big data, looking at storage as a commodity since it is required regardless of manufacturer or technology. Autonomy is a set of software tools used to help that idea work. The technology in HP Autonomy's portfolio helps to aggregate information and return results useful to the organization. Autonomy is much more technical than I have explained it here, and I hope to dig into it further and cover it in more detail soon.
One of the expo booths covering Autonomy used tweets collected as an example. Given the number of tweets posted in a given day, this may seem like a rather specific set of information if only tweets with a certain hashtag is used. But exploding the collected data out to tweets, facebook posts, blog posts, and all Internet content referencing a certain organization or event could be significant. Just collecting the information is a good place to start, since you cannot analyze what you havent collected, but many organizations save data for the sake of keeping it. Without a way to put some useful constraints on the collection of information, such as content containing a keyword for an event, the information is mostly useless.
Autonomy is a technology that has definitely caught my interest and I cannot wait to learn more about how the technology works and dig into it further.
Another thing that I found interesting was the discussion prior to the Nth Symposium of new things coming from 3Par. The smaller unit being developed might just be something to get them into the SMB market. HP is relying on 3Par to bring its storage division full circle. The things that HP is doing in storage with 3Par, StoreVirtual, and other technologies are impressive. In addition 3Par is bringing units to market starting at $25,000. That is great news for SMB. I can’t wait to dig into 3Par further
And a side of security
Security is not something to be taken lightly, but wasn't something I expected to get much attention at the Nth event. Calling out some of the major breaches that have made the news and pointing out ways that Nth Generation could provide services to help companies correct these issues was decent, but the expo booth where Nth had people available to discuss certain types of hacking and penetration testing was much better than the keynote. Oh and the booth featured something different… lock picking lessons rather than a booth babe. I tried my hand at lock picking and it is much harder than those demo-ing it made it look.
The Nth Symposium and HP Storage Tech Day were great learning opportunities. I am excited to get more information on some of the topics covered and really dig into them. Watch out HP… I tend to send a lot of email with questions (although not likely to Ms. Whitman).