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HP Trots Out New Compliance, SOA Software

HP plans to take its OpenView software business into full profitability in the fourth quarter this year behind new products that address compliance and service-oriented architectures (SOA).

The Palo Alto, Calif., company Monday unveiled OpenView Compliance Manager, a dashboard tool that gives companies a single view of what what's going on in their IT shop. The latest version helps companies meet compliance requirements around Sarbanes-Oxl ey.

Todd DeLaughter, vice president and general manager of HP's management software group, said Compliance Manager specifically addresses Sarbox Section 404, which requires corporate annual reports to include a review of management's internal control over financial reporting.

"We looked at the challenges that some of our customers were struggling with and it became evident that to get the initial audits in place and to do that manual process of ensuring compliance without putting in place the right tools and processes around that audit, companies will have to do the same manual exercise at the same cost," DeLaughter said.

HP crafted OpenView Compliance Manager to help workers automate audits in subsequent audit cycles. The tool should play well in what AMR Research has tabbed a $6.1 billion market for solutions that satisfy Sarbox. This includes products that automate the design, documentation, review, approval, and testing of a company's internal controls framework.

DeLaughter said HP got the idea for the product from the company's internal IP audit group, which was building a solution to treat Sarbox based on OpenView components. HP executives seized on the idea and decided to make it a market product.

Compliance Manager will hit the street this September, starting at $250,000. It will drop in as an add-on to OpenView, or sit atop existing monitoring and management tools after some integration.

DeLaughter also introduced OpenView Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Manager, a software component used to define, manage and integrate the lifecycle of loosely-coupled components in a SOA distributed computing model. The goal of HP's SOA Manager is to create better synergy between information technology and business processes.

The executive said SOA Manager is designed to address IT professional services that address SOA and Web services, a market Gartner claims will top $189 billion by 2007.

"What had been a bit of a tire-kicking exercise around services oriented architecture has entered the mainstream," DeLaughter said. "The challenges in this space are not only in how to roll out a Web services, but how to develop, deploy and manage the lifecycle around that SOA."

The executive said most management tools don't manage SOA services well because there are rarely fixed endpoints to monitor. SOA Manager triggers the dialogue between an application development environment and an IT operations environment that has to manage, maintain the security and availability of that service.

SOA Manager, whose core technology comes from HP's Talking Blocks acquisition from almost two years ago, is available now. It will cost between $25,000 to more than $1 million based on company configurations.