Thursday, February 13, 2014

HP Access Catalog smooths the way for streamlined deployment of mobile apps

HP today announced HP Access Catalog, a SaaS-delivered mobile app and content store that allows corporations to quickly and securely deliver resources across mobile and desktop devices to their employees anywhere.

IT organizations are facing pressure to deliver a marketplace experience to employees who expect access to content and apps from their device of choice. But non-business controlled exchanges and app stores lack enterprise security and control. Companies must also protect their apps from access by outsiders.

So the new catalog from HP, which can be branded as the business's own store, offers organizations a secure, private “app store” for employees to browse, search and download mobile applications and digital content onto their devices, including mobile and tablets, as well as desktops. The catalog supports Android and iOS platforms, which make up close to 94 percent of the mobile-device market share in the third quarter of 2013.

Earlier this week HP launched the HP Vertica Marketplace, a hub for developers, partners and customers to create and share extensions, enhancements, and solutions that integrate with the HP Vertica Analytics Platform. Both the Vertica Marketplace and HP Access Catalog are powered by technology developed by Palm, which HP acquired in 2010.

Delivered via native mobile clients and a web interface, the HP Access Catalog is a pure software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that helps organizations reduce the cost and complexity of managing applications on company-issued and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) mobile devices, said Tim Rochte, Director of Product Management at HP Software Web Services. [Disclosure: HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

Streamlined deployment

Through the catalog’s native identity management system or seamless integration with enterprise identity systems, IT organizations ensure that users can find and download the right applications for their role, he said. Those organizations have 100% control over their content and apps.

In addition, the catalog allows IT organizations to drive updates to users to ensure they have the most current applications and data, increasing their mobile productivity and effectiveness without compromising security. Via a CDN, the delivery speed and global reach of the apps and content -- even large video objects and streams to remote branches -- is assured, something a home-grown app store may not be able to do, said Rochte.
As organizations embrace mobility, they need a simple, secure and reliable mechanism to manage the delivery of apps to their employees.

The Access Catalog uses HTML5 and single-sign-on authentication and authorization capabilities with SAML 2.0 integration. It coexists with "public" stores like iTunes and Google Play.

Hosted in HP’s PCI-compliant data center, the access catalog also is offered as an integrated component of the HP Anywhere enterprise mobility platform, enabling customers to manage all their mobile apps

While the HP Access Catalog is currently used for free content, an e-commerce element that allows selling and/or charge backs is in the offing, said Rochte. As applications developers go mobile-first, the store may become a primary way to distribute, track and manage all corporate applications. Or at least it will help manage the expected huge growth in mobile apps in businesses.

You could even say the Access Catalog marketplace model is the new intranet, for those of you that recall intranets.

HP Access Catalog will be available worldwide from HP and its channel partners in March. Pricing will be based on a simple per-user per month or annual subscription. The means the more content and apps per employee, the better the cost ratio -- and productivity.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

HP adds new value to Vertica data analytics platform with community marketplace

HP today launched the HP Vertica Marketplace, a hub for developers, partners and customers to create and share extensions, enhancements, and solutions that integrate with the HP Vertica Analytics Platform.

These add-ons and solutions include connectors and third-party extensions, business intelligence (BI)  tools, exact transform load (ETL) and data transformation products, connectors and tools for HP HAVEn big-data analytics platform, as well as industry and other original equipment manufacturer (OEM) solutions.

In addition, the HP Vertica Marketplace includes the latest solutions from HP Vertica’s innovations incubation program, allowing users to create cutting-edge big-data applications. [HP is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.]

“Our rapidly growing community of customers, partners and developers are building vertical and horizontal solutions on, and creating new add-on capabilities to, Vertica every day,” said Colin Mahony, vice president and general manager, Vertica, HP. “The HP Marketplace provides a place where our community can share and market their capabilities to help other organizations and developers fuel further innovation.”

New capabilities

With the HP Vertica Marketplace, developers and companies can:
  • Gain value from 100 percent of information -- spanning structured, semi-structured and unstructured data -- through connectors and extensions that store, manage and analyze big data. This includes integration with the Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS) and the HP Autonomy IDOL platform.
  • Get business insights from big data with flexible plug-ins and extensions to integrate and visualize users’ data, including BI and data-visualization tools and products.
  • Capitalize on shared intelligence by engaging developers via a social interface that allows users to pose questions, interact with subject matter experts, and review previous discussions, as all questions are cataloged and searchable.
    HP Vertica Marketplace members also will gain access to the latest innovations from HP Vertica through its incubation program.
HP Vertica Marketplace members also will gain access to the latest innovations from HP Vertica through its incubation program. These new technologies and solutions will be available for developers to evaluate and provide feedback, helping guide future development.

The current marketplace is geared toward free and open community sharing of extensions, connectors and tools, but I think this could easily blossom into a commerce hub for analytics apps and/or data enhancements. We'll have to keep an eye out for that. I also think some sort of vertical industry segmentation of analytics capabilities is in the offing. That would allow for ecosystem-defined solutions to emerge, either as open contributions or for-pay offerings. In any event, it's now quite a powerful destination for developers to showcase their big data analytics endeavors.

New innovations in the market include:
  • HP Vertica Distributed R, which helps data scientists overcome the scalability and performance limitations of R programming language and tackle problems not previously solvable by accelerating the analysis of large data sets by running R computations on multiple nodes.
  • HP Vertica Pulse, which helps organizations leverage an in-database sentiment analysis tool that scores short data posts, including social data, such as Twitter feeds or product reviews, to gauge the most popular topics of interest, analyze how sentiment changes over time, and identify advocates and detractors.
  • HP Vertica Place, which stores and analyzes geospatial data in real time, including locations, networks, and regions. This analytics pack provides Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards–based functionality and integrates with third-party applications.
The HP Vertica Analytics Platform is a key component of the HP HAVEn big-data analytics platform, which enables HP customers and partners to create next-generation applications and solutions that accelerate the monetization of big data. HP HAVEn combines proven technologies including HP Autonomy IDOL, HP Vertica Analytics Platform, HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager and HP ArcSight Logger, as well as key industry offerings such as Hadoop.

HP Vertica Community Marketplace is currently availble at and can be accessed through the "Community" tab on

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