HP's Global Partner Conference: Gathering The Troops
Hewlett-Packard changed the name of its annual gathering of channel partners this year to reflect the increasingly global nature of its business. HP's Global Partner Conference, held in Las Vegas from Feb. 12-15, also was CEO Meg Whitman's inaugural address to the channel. She's a newcomer to the channel, but partners enthusiastically responded to her frank assessments of the challenges HP faces and her plans for getting the company back on track.
HP has certainly dealt with adversity in recent years, and it is facing challenges to its legacy businesses that could take years to fully address. But at GPC, Whitman's executive team closed ranks and presented a unified front. Considering that this was the third consecutive year a different HP CEO took the stage, that message seemed to resonate with attendees. Here CRN presents scenes from GPC that reflect the upbeat tone of the event.