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HP sales up, earns $1.38B in Q3

Hewlett-Packard earned $1.38 billion (48 cents per share) in Q3 this year, up drastically from $73 million (3 cents) a year ago. Last year’s figures included a massive tax charge, but the bottom line’s the bottom line. Revenue for the third quarter is up a modest 5 percent at $21.89 billion. The company did well in selling printers and laptops, but software was the highlight, with a revenue of $318 million and 30 percent year-over-year growth. The recently announced $4.5 billion …

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HP’s Mercury buy only tip of the iceberg

Industry analysts, now having had time to digest HP’s recently announced $4.5 billion acquisition of Mercury Interactive, are saying there are more factors involved than immediately visible. Management software expert Rich Ptak explained it best: “HP traditionally is known as a hardware powerhouse and… there have been questions raised about how serious they were about being in the software business since software represented a very small portion of their annual revenue. This acquisition …

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HP buys Mercury Interactive for $4.5B

Hewlett-Packard, with the announcement of its $4.5 billion acquisition of Mercury Interactive, is creating a huge boost for the relatively quiet HP OpenView software suite. HP gets Mercury’s lines of application development and IT management software, while also strengthening its competitiveness against CA and IBM. The deal is HP’s first large one under CEO Mark Hurd. HP has not yet announced integration or employee retention plans, but there is little overlap, officials noted.

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DEALS: Cisco spends $48M on IP, XML tools


Development, services, data management.

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Mercury acquires IT service management

Mercury Interactive is bolstering its IT service management software with technology from Vertical Solutions (not to be confused with the better-known Vertical Communications) and researchers and facilities from Tefensoft for a total of $18.5 million. Vertical’s PowerHelp IT program will be merged into Mercury’s Service Desk family. The deals follow the $105 million purchase of Systinet earlier this year that resulted in a business scandal; hopefully …

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Opsware upgrades to sixth-gen apps

Opsware is relaunching its server and network automation software with the new name of System 6. They also announced two new products, which are Visual Application Manager and the Opsware Network security service. VAM helps with software mapping, while the Opsware Network sends alerts and update information. Meanwhile, Opsware as a company has Cisco on its side as a reseller, but it is going up against huge rivals like EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Symantec, BMC Software, and Mercury …

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Service-level management market nears $1.4B

Companies spent almost $1.4 billion on service-level management software in 2005, with 58 percent of the money spent at BMC Software, CA, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Mercury Interactive, according to analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates. SLM is basically the art of using your IT resources wisely, and it will grow 17 percent per year for the next five years, the analysts said.

For more on the SLM trends:
– read this eWeek article

Compuware buys SteelTrace for $20M

Compuware is acquiring SteelTrace, whose software Compuware already resells, for $20 million. SteelTrace’s products help IT developers gather and manage their technical requirements before starting new projects. SteelTrace also partners with IBM, Mercury Interactive and Microsoft, so Compuware has a new edge overs its rivals. Expect to see me-too deals soon.

For more on the deal:
– read this Detroit Free Press

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Mercury focusing on SOA with quality app

Once a company builds a program with a service architecture or Web-based services, how do they test it? Mercury Interactive tweaked its new Quality Center 9.0 software for that purpose. The software actually creates custom tests based on the uniqueness of your application. It also integrates with SAP’s business-process rules engine. That way companies can test their Internet applications for behavior, not just bugs.

For more on the software:
– read this InfoWorld

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