HP's Big Data Party: Is The Channel Invited?
Hewlett-Packard's $10.3 billion acquisition may yet deliver a decent return on investment, but HP channel partners are still waiting for their chance to sell Autonomy products. Ditto for Vertica, the in-memory database startup HP bought in March of last year.
Strange thing is, HP says its big data portfolio is doing quite well.
"[Big data analytics] is a new area that we are building, and it's actually doubling, if not tripling, on an ongoing basis, so it's a great opportunity for us," HP Software chief George Kadifa told Wall Street analysts in October. Kadifa even believes Vertica can become a $1 billion business.
For HP, which despite its struggles still has a lot of loyal partners, getting the channel involved in big data opportunities has to be a priority for the coming year.