HP 'innovation' reeks of self-interest
Hewlett-Packard claims to be interested in customer innovation, but its stance toward open source doesn't bear this out.
Embedded in the news that as ZDNet captured:from its roster in an effort to make its EDS acquisition work, was this interesting tidbit from its call with analysts,
One of the things HP says it wants to offer with its portfolio of offerings--across the board in hardware, software and now services--is flexibility in meeting the customer's demand. CIOs today are dealing with...big issues (like) needing to flip that spending ratio to less on maintenance and more on innovation...And there are choices on how to do it: buy it from HP or let HP do it for you, executives said.
Very cheeky. Though HP makes quite a bit of money from software, its real business going forward is hardware and services. In HP's mind, this means "innovation," and the more of that innovation bought from HP, the better.
In the mind of the CTO and CIO, however,.
I agree that enterprises should spend less money on licensing and more on tailoring software to specific enterprise needs. Where perhaps I disagree with HP, however, is on the most efficient route to get there. Open source is tailor-made for this sort of value proposition, but HP has traditionally paid more lip service to open source (beyond Linux) than it has actually done anything.
If HP is truly interested in enterprise innovation, let it commit its significant resources to deploying services and hardware around open-source software. No more licensing waste with. Just pure value to the customer.
How about that, HP?