HP bags Knightsbridge

HP’s high-profile creation of a new ‘Business Information Optimization’ unit leverages its recent Knightsbridge Solutions acquisition and extends both companies’ oil and gas consulting footprints.

HP has just announced the formation of a ‘Business Information Optimization’ (BIO) unit within its software organization. The BIO will comprise two groups, business intelligence and information management.


The business intelligence group will leverage HP acquisition of Knightsbridge Solutions also announced this month. Chicago-headquartered Knightsbridge specializes in business intelligence, data warehousing, data integration and information quality. HP’s IM group is to deliver ‘solutions that archive and manage customers’ corporate data.’


Knightsbridge formalized its energy practice last year (Oil ITJ Vol. 11 N° 2) under John Roddy’s leadership. Just before the HP acquisition, the company segmented the practice with an upstream unit headed up by Shannon Tassin. The unit is to build on customer engagements with BP, Devon and others.


HP has recruited Ben Barnes as VP and general manager of the business intelligence group. Barnes was previously CEO of ActivIdentity, a provider of digital identity solutions, and Intraspect Software, a collaboration and content management software developer. Barnes’ early career included managerial positions with IBM and Teradata.


HP head of software Thomas Hogan said, ‘The new unit is an important step in our commitment to establish HP as the trusted advisor to CIOs engaged in the value of their information. This suite of solutions will help businesses maximize the value and impact of their IT investments spanning systems, applications, networks and information.’

Master data management

Knightsbridge has previously been active in the field of oil and gas master data management in association with Shell spin-off Kalido (Oil ITJ Vol. 10 n° 12).


More recently, Tassin and co-author Robert Friedrich presented Knightsbridge’s approach to oil and gas data management in a presentation at last year’s Petroleum Network Education Conference (PNEC) data management meeting in Houston.


In the PNEC presentation, Knightsbridge described an automated data quality certification process that applied data standards through a process of ‘verify, remediate, transform, certify and publish’.


Knightsbridge further advocates extensive process metrics and the development of ‘actionable service level agreements and certified data stores.’ Tassin is a member of the PPDM user group steering committee.

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