1. HP's Comeback
Remember where HP was at this time last year? We do. The company had just taken a whopping $8.8 billion charge over its disastrous Autonomy acquisition, and it was leaking high-profile channel executives too. But 2013 was a different story as a re-energized and refocused HP emerged. Under CEO Meg Whitman, the company got back on track with a full-court channel press and market share gains in key products categories like blade servers, PCs and printers. The second year of Whitman's five-year turnaround plan was a success on a number of fronts, and solution providers couldn't be happier.