HP boosts BTO offering with Bristol Technology purchase

HP is snapping up privately held US-based business technology optimisation (BTO) specialist Bristol Technology for an undisclosed sum. HP claims that the deal will further enhance HP’s position in the BTO space.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  February 7, 2007

HP is snapping up privately held US-based business technology optimisation (BTO) specialist Bristol Technology for an undisclosed sum. HP claims that the deal will further enhance HP’s position in the BTO space. Bristol’s solutions help customers monitor complex business transactions such as insurance claim processes, product orders and inventory management across heterogeneous and distributed IT environments. HP claims that the technology it is acquiring complements the solutions it picked up through the purchase of Mercury, allowing the company to offer end-to-end management of real-time business transactions. The giant vendor also believes that the deal extends HP business availability centre capabilities to the mainframe. “For the first time, customers will have a single software vendor that enables them to manage end-to-end business transactions, beginning with end-users all the way through custom applications and mainframe environments,” said Deborah Traub, VP products at HP’s management software unit. “The acquisition of Bristol Technology extends our business service management solution and BTO offerings by helping customers better manage the performance, availability and impact of these business processes,” Traub added. Bristol’s existing client base includes financial services and insurance companies, primarily in the US and UK. The company’s solutions can manage a wide range of composite applications and environments, including J2EE and .NET application servers, middleware, integration brokers, mainframes and multiple operating systems. “The combination of HP and Bristol Technology will allow us to provide our customers with access to the industry’s broadest portfolio of enterprise IT management software,” said Ken Blackwell, chief technical officer at Bristol Technology. “Bristol Technology already had a strong partnership with HP, and our TransactionVision product is already integrated with the HP business availability centre and universal CMDB software products, so joining with HP makes a lot of sense for our company, customers and partners.” The deal is expected to close within a month. Once the transaction is completed, Bristol will be fully integrated into the HP Software unit, part of the HP Technology Solutions Group (TSG).

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