Leo Apotheker: HP CEO On Technology Innovation And The HP Channel
Only a few months into the job, new HP CEO Leo Apotheker sat down with CRN to discuss a variety of issues surrounding the beginning of his tenure. Apotheker already has a new vision for the HP channel and its PartnerOne Program, big plans for the Palo Alto company's return to technology innovation and the goal of turning HP into a security software leader.
Read on for an exclusive Q&A with Apotheker, 10 things you didn't know about the HP CEO and a glimpse into Stephen DiFranco's first year as HP's Channel Chief.
There's probably a lot you don't know about Leo Apotheker. But after sitting down with the new HP CEO, CRN learned quite a bit, particularly his firm commitment to the channel and his compelling plan to return HP to its roots as a technology innovator.
When it comes to HP partners, Apotheker says they must change their business models if they want to keep pace with HP's new strategy that unites HP behind one strategic vision based on cloud computing, software and services.
Stephen DeWitt, the senior vice president who oversees HP's Americas Solution Partners Organization poke with CRN about a wide range of issues including Cisco, IBM, Apple and the new competitive landscape facing HP and its channel partners.
During his HP Americas Partner Conference keynote, Apotheker denounced Oracle's decision to stop developing software for Intel's Itanium platform, a statement that has to be viewed as a strong sign for HP partners who've been wondering about his leadership style.
Apotheker is moving full steam ahead with HP's new strategy aimed at positioning the world’s largest IT vendor as a major player in the cloud computing, connected devices, software and services markets.
HP is combining its technology services group with its successful Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) business and searching for a new top services executive vice president in a bid to drive higher-margin, services sales growth.
Leo Apotheker wrote an e-mail to his top executives that HP will need to "pinch every penny" during the third quarter, according to a report.
HP is reaching out to enterprise CIOs with a portfolio of new services the company says can help them get the most of their IT investments.
As an outsider taking over HP, Apotheker has turned to company veterans as his lieutenants to drive to HP's new strategic vision. Here three of Apotheker's key lieutenants, Stephen DeWitt, Ann Livermore and Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi weigh in on the new HP CEO.
While Apotheker's vision of cloud computing and mobility is quite clear, what's really interesting is Apotheker's contrast from HP's former CEO and his potential in the role.
When asked about what he thinks is people's biggest misconception about him is, Apotheker reflects on the view that some solution providers have of him as a result of his 20-year tenure at ERP software giant SAP.
While HP may be a little late to the party, but that doesn't mean cloud solution providers aren't excited about HP's public cloud plans. And HP's public cloud plans, recently made public by Apotheker, include three phases based around the cloud transition, HP's webOS and heavy emphasis on software.
Apotheker isn't the only HP executive settling into a new role. A year into his tenure as HP's channel chief, Stephen DiFranco is brining simplicity to the HP's channel programs while gearing its partners up for a push toward mobility and into the cloud.
HP's new CloudSystem channel program formalizes cloud technology and resources for partners and enables VARs to make money right now selling HP cloud.
Speaking at the D9 conference, Leo Apotheker said HP is considering licensing WebOS to device makers, a move that would certainly give weight to HP's efforts to lure developers.