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Despite the concerns, many solution providers are willing to give Apotheker a chance to prove himself.
Mont Phelps, CEO of Waltham, Mass.-based NWN, one of HP's top partners, said he was not worried about Apotheker's lack of channel experience.
"That doesn't concern me," Phelps said. "I don't know him, but I am sure he is a top-notch business person. As a channel, first off, we have to earn our stripes everyday. If we are doing our job and bringing value to customers then we are going to get tremendous support. The whole channel organization is still in place."
Phelps said he sees Apotheker's limited channel experience as a "blank page rather than a black mark."
"The challenge I see is, how does he bring the strength of all of HP together and leverage it to bring great technology to the customer," he said. "It is our job to help him do that. Now that this is done we can get out of this uncertain period and focus on driving the business."
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