Feeds

HP sets sights on more - and bigger - buys

Hungry eyes

Build a business case: developing custom apps

HP might have bought a bunch of software firms in the last year, but it's got no intention of stopping.

Speaking in Barcelona at HP's software jamboree "Software Universe", vice president Tom Hogan said organic growth was not enough for the company and purchases were likely to be big rather than small.

"If we are looking for purchases, it will be in the billions of dollars class," Hogan told CNet (here).

Some of the firm's recent big buys include splashing out $4.5bn for Mercury Interactive in July 2006, and picking up SPI Dynamics in June this year to strengthen its security software. In July 2007, HP paid $1.6bn for Opsware, a firm started by Netscape founder Marc Andreesen that makes software to help automate data centre administration.

Which might lead us on to yesterday's product announcement - Automated Operations 1.0 for automating IT operations across organisations. The software lets you create automated workflows for servers, networks, and PCs and to record and manage the results. More from HP here.

Any guesses as to who might be next on HP's shopping list? Let us know below. ®

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.