Ann Livermore, president and chief executive of HP's enterprise computing division, kicked off HP World in San Francisco by repeating the company's e-services ambitions that were first laid out in May.
Livermore said e-services will make modular applications, information or IT services available online to people and devices. Much like a portal, users would be able to specify the kinds of information they want to receive but the difference is that applications alert each other if information in any one of the components are changed.
"Today's portals are still not tightly integrated," she said.
Also users would be able to pick and choose 'on the fly' the companies they want to deal with. "You may not have to go to a portal at all. You can get services to bid to be on your desktop based on your criteria. Today you are required to evoke services. E-services give you more flexibility," she said.
Livermore said e-services would take three forms. The first would be 'applications on tap,' provided by the new breed of application service providers (ASPs). "IT services will be paid for by usage rather than be an asset in your data centre," she said.
The second would be portals, with 60 per cent of Fortune 500 companies managing their own portals by 2003. Thirdly, services will be brokered as suppliers bid to provide services to customers over the Web.
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