Hewlett-Packard continues to bolster its Big Data and cloud offerings, but the latest milestones also include a stark reality: HP's SaaS revenues are flat at a time when rival cloud companies enjoy ongoing double-digit growth.

HP's new Haven OnDemand could give the company's SaaS business a boost -- while also making it easier for customers to analyze a range of business data, machine data and unstructured information. The platform also is designed for developers, much in the way that IBM is striving to build a developer ecosystem for its Watson artificial intelligence business.

HP Haven OnDemand runs on HP Helion cloud -- the company's fledgling alternative to Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. Early Haven OnDemand adopters include Thomson Reuters -- which, ironically, also signed an IBM outsourcing contract this week.

Expansion Mode

Haven is the latest addition to HP's growing portfolio of OnDemand applications. The family includes:

  • HP Vertica OnDemand - delivers enterprise-class Big Data analytics via the cloud.
  • HP IDOL OnDemand - provides Big Data web services that developers, partners, and customers can use to build analytical applications.

HP also continues to bolster its software portfolio with IT Operations Management, Security and Content Management offerings.
Still, HP faces an uphill battle in multiple markets. During the company's Q4 earnings call last week, CEO Meg Whitman conceded that HP's SaaS revenues were flat, and she did not discuss any specific revenues involving cloud or Big Data.

Both HP and IBM are playing catchup as enterprises increasingly shift to cloud- and mobile-centric platforms that require less on-premises IT spending and potentially reduced consulting services.

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