HP bolsters systems management portfolio

5 February 2004 Systems and software giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) moved yesterday to strengthen its systems management software portfolio with two acquisitions.

HP bought change and configuration management software company Novadigm for around $116.5 million in cash. It also acquired service management software vendor Consera for an undisclosed sum. Both deals are subject to shareholder approval.

HP said that the acquired technologies will be integrated into OpenView, its systems management software portfolio.

They will also play important roles in its evolving ‘adaptive enterprise’ strategy, in which IT systems become better at automatically and seamlessly responding to changing demands.

“Novadigm and Consera will add powerful automation software to HP OpenView, enabling customers to flex IT business demands,” said Nora Denzel, senior vice president of HP’s Adaptive Enterprise unit. “Together, they put repetitive, error-prone IT management on cruise control and free up IT time to focus on innovation.”

Denzel said the ‘adaptive enterprise’ is “the next big frontier for IT in the need to increase agility and capitalise on change.”

Novadigm designs and sells products for managing software on a wide range of hardware and operating systems. It will enable customers to automate HP upgrades and standardise mixed IT environments.

Consera’s software seeks to make it possible for businesses to create a standardised technology infrastructure that can adapt to changing business demands.

The acquisitions are the latest in a string of software deals for HP. Most recently, HP bought information lifecycle management company Persist Technologies in November 2003 and service-oriented architecture and web services management specialist Talking Blocks in September 2003

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