Archana Deskus is named as CIO at HPE

Natalie Bannerman
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Former chief information officer of GE Baker Hughes, Archana Deskus is appointed as the new CIO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has appointed Archana Deskus as its new chief information officer.

In her new role Deskus will oversee the complete IT restructure at HPE, which includes the revamping of the company’s internal systems. 

Deskus brings over 17 years IT experience to the role and before joining HPE she was CIO at GE's Baker Hughes oilfield services business. Prior to that she also held the role of CIO at Ingersoll-Rand, Timex and United Technologies Corporation.

Commenting on her appointment, Antonio Neri, president of HPE, said: "Archie has a depth of knowledge about how best to leverage technology to drive business value. For the past four years, Archie was CIO at Baker Hughes where she transformed their IT organization into a strategic business partner, while delivering operational performance and business value."

On her appointment, Deskus will report directly to Neri and replaces interim CIO Joseph Schulz, who has been at HPE for 10-years and is a former GE IT executive.

I’d like to thank Joe for leading the Global IT organization over the last several months," said Neri. "As you all know, he has been the driving force behind the work we’ve done in IT preparing for HPE Next. Joe has a proven track record from his role behind the launch of HPE and the two spin-mergers. I know his expertise will be a great asset as we advance the NextGen IT project."

Under HPE Next, (the IT company-wide initiative), the company will move from 1,000 business processes supported by 10 Enterprise resource planning systems and more than 950 applications to just 100 business processes with a single global Enterprise resource planning system with 350 applications.

Other IT restructuring initiatives at the company includes a reduction in the number of internal compensation plans from 400 to 25 and a cut in the number of active server configurations from 50,000 to 10,000. The overall aim of the initiative is to to reduce costs by as much as $200 million to $300 million in the current financial year. HPE has said that it is aiming for $1.5 billion in cost savings over the next three years.