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A quick lesson from HP's split

Everyone has been buzzing this week about HP’s split into two smaller companies. The general consensus on the spilt? Smart move, HP.

It’s clear consumers favor social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies, Associate Site Editor Fran Sales reports, and all consumers have their unique needs and preferences. It seems enterprises are catching on, as they should be.

SearchCIO expert Niel Nickolaisen says it well: “You might be able to remain competitive as a generalist, but I think it will be increasingly difficult as you compete with specialists.”

Key words being used to describe HP’s move, in addition to “specialized,” include “smaller” and “nimbler.” Now, it seems, HP will be able to focus its investments and more effectively drive innovation.

In other news this week, Samsung’s Q3 profits are estimated to be the lowest in three years; there are vulnerabilities in Mozilla’s bug-tracking tool; and an AT&T employee gained access to the telecom customers’ social security numbers, drivers’ licenses and purchase data. That and more in this week’s Searchlight.


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I'm convinced that the 'sphere' is unable to keep up with new movements within the IT industry. If not that, I believe that they're not able to look deep enough, because this trend (DevOps) has been on the uptick for years. One sector responsible for these hybrid skills is the small biz sector where "wearing multiple hats" is very common.

Sys admins have been scripting for years and for many, the seeds of curiosity were planted and thus led them into more development initiatives and I'd be so bold as to say that this movement is not just because of the cloud...but globalization. The days of the one trick pony died long ago.
There is a difference in administration and engineering. Unfortunately, you are confusing the two. As well, the API will only allow for the most basic configurations to be implemented, because otherwise, it would be quicker to just do it, not write a script... As a simile, this understanding seems to be as limited as to that of wanting SLR cameras to be automatic. While some benefit can be gained, one size does not and never will fit all, due to the complexity. As well, while the less knowledgeable can now do basic tasks, ask the question, do we want them to? This goes back to the virtualization folks wanted a virtualized switch that the server guys will control--bad idea.