This appears to be a classic case of a once great company now well past its prime, and unfortunately like all great ex-athletes, sadly unaware that they are. In a recent article in eWeek, an HP executive was quoted as saying, “Cloud computing is still an unclear concept”. Good to see such a visionary view coming from one of the industry giants of the 1980-1990’s decades. Even IBM, the dominant player of the 60’s and 70’s, has jumped all over Cloud Computing. What happened to these guys at HP? I thought they used to be thought leaders, and here they are “MIA” on today’s most significant new technology wave. Last week, HP’s CTO in an interview (from an Economic summit in Davos, Switzerland) with CNBC called Cloud Computing “an interesting new development”. That’s what you get when a CTO spends his time jetting off to a boondoggle event in Switzerland, instead talking to their own customers or attending cloud conferences such as cloud camps. BTW, what is a CTO doing at an economic summit anyway? So, as the rest of the technology marketplace innovates its way into the future, HP (sadly) appears to be lost living in its past glory days. I would not look toward HP for any great innovation in regard to cloud services in the next 12 months.
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As CEO of SOASTA, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.