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The appointment of Apotheker gives HP a fresh set of eyes and ears, said John Convery, executive vice president of vendor relations and marketing at Denali Advanced Integration, a Redmond, Wash.-based HP partner.
"And that's always a powerful thing," Convery said.
Convery said it is important to remember that even without Hurd, HP has been working smoothly. For instance, he said, Denali on Thursday night is celebrating the closing of a $3.5 million HP deal with a customer by going bowling. "The lack of Hurd has not impacted sales at all," he said.
Ted Warner, CEO of Connecting Point of Greeley, a Greeley, Colo.-based solution provider, said that, while he has not met Apotheker, it is obvious that he has the skill to drive revenue growth and bring strong ties to the software world.
"Integration of software applications and middleware to the HP hardware platform will be extremely important in the coming period of time," Warner said. "It remains to be seen what Apotheker’s stance toward the channel will be. We can only hope that he has the same passion for it as his predecessor at HP had."
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