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HP's Hurd Pledges Tens Of Billions For New Technology Initiatives

Hewlett-Packard needs to do a better job of getting its technology into the hands of users in a way that makes it easier to use, which will allow the company to succeed in its three strategic markets of servers, storage, and management in the coming years, according to chief executive and president Mark Hurd.

In some of his first public comments since taking the helm of HP in March, Hurd participated in separate question and answer sessions Tuesday at the company's inaugural Technology Forum and the Gartner Symposium ITXPO, both being held in Orlando, Fla., this week.

"We need to create solutions, create demand, and service those solutions," Hurd said. "The framework is right. The raw technology is right. But we need to be more transparent in bringing it to market. The magic is in applying technology to business problems. When the two are connected, something great happens."

HP has to be able to perform that magic in a way that is easy for enterprises to adopt and allows them to save money, he said.

"There is no CIO on planet Earth that likes the amount of money they spend on IT," he said. "And no matter how low you get it, they want it lower. And if it breaks, they're going to be very mad. So at the end of the day, you can't satisfy the CIO until the budget is zero, and IT performs admirably with every piece of data they'd ever want, and it never goes down."

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