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HP: 3 More For OpenView Line

HP today plans to outline three new management software products in its OpenView portfolio in a move to help CIOs run their information technology assets like a business.

OpenView DecisionCenter, OpenView AssetCenter and OpenView Application Insight will be top of mind at the HP Software Forum 2006 in Miami, where company executives will unveil the fruits of HP's integration of Peregrine Systems assets.

DecisionCenter employs analytics to help mesh IT with changing business needs; AssetCenter automates asset management; and Application Insight improves the performance of business services.

Such products are key aspects of the asset management software market, which IDC expects to top $1 billion by 2008.

In a briefing about the software, Bill Emmett, manager for portfolio marketing for HP OpenView, said DecisionCenter is an IT decision support tool that runs analysis and simulations against legacy service data.

"Now that we're seeing more and more IT organizations attempting to deliver against service levels, they have this challenge of trying to figure out what's that right blend of quality of service, investment in infrastructure and investment in people they're going to make to deliver that," Emmett said.

AssetCenter, also based on Peregrine software, offers lifecycle asset management, and offers a framework for end users to get a handle on how much their IT consumption is costing them.

It tells CIOs what they own, where it's located and who has it. For example, it will tell executives how many copies of a given software package a business is running.

AssetCenter also includes intelligence controls that tell executives if they are properly managing IT consumption to provide the best value for their companies' budgets.

Application Insight, a new OpenView solution, not a Peregrine descendant, maps applications and infrastructure into a model of customers and business services.

The software then integrates relevant response time and resource performance data into this model to help identify problems and resolve them faster.

Integrating the Peregrine assets and releasing them as complete products should provide an additional boost beyond what the products from that $425 million buy have already yielded HP.

In its most recent quarter, HP said software revenue was $330 million, an increase of 20 percent year-over-year. HP OpenView sales grew 25 percent, thanks to the acquisition of Peregrine.

HP needs the Peregrine assets to continue to perform well; the company faces steep competition from IBM, CA, BMC, Mercury Interactive and others in the management software arena.