For data warehousing professionals, the word "legacy" has acquired some negative connotations, especially when connected with "applications." Words such as "old," "antiquated," "outdated," "stodgy" and "cave-like" are often associated with "legacy." It may be difficult to disregard those thoughts and center on the dictionary definition of the word "legacy"--"something received from a predecessor." However, that's what Valerie Taglio, solutions marketing manager for Hewlett-Packard's High Performance Systems Division, suggests in order to truly understand Hewlett-Packard, its mission, its products, its customers and its position in the industry.

Taglio joined Hewlett- Packard after spending almost eight years in the consulting field, where she worked with large manufacturing and industrial companies. Taglio explains, "I enjoyed consulting very much, especially delving into customers' problems, determining the challenges they faced and then helping them develop solutions to those problems. But with consulting, you're only involved up until the recommendation. You're not involved in the implementation. So that's ultimately what drove me to where I am today--the desire to also be involved with the implementation of the solution."

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