Ben Barnes VP and GM, HP's Business Intelligence Group

It hardly seems fair to interview a senior executive at a massive IT hardware, software and services provider barely a half year into the job. We'll make an exception in this case because Ben Barnes did not arrive at HP an unknown quantity. The new VP and general manager of HP's blossoming Business Intelligence Group is a seasoned veteran of startups and acquisitions as well as BI's big leagues. He knew Tom Hogan, HP's top software executive, from their days at IBM when Barnes managed what became a billion dollar solutions business. He'd known HP CIO Randy Mott during his early days at Teradata. Reunited with old friends and with the blessing of CEO Mark Hurd and Technology Solutions EVP Ann Livermore, Barnes rather suddenly holds the key role for Neoview, HP's just-launched, high-end data warehousing/BI platform. Combined with a new service arm based on the acquisition of Knightsbridge Solutions, it's a huge resource commitment and a steep ramp, as DM Review Editorial Director Jim Ericson recently discovered.

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