Hewlett-Packard's solution providers in the past 12 months have seen more than their share of ups and downs as the vendor moved to steady the company in the wake of two CEO changes in 2011 that resulted in wrenching shifts in direction, especially in regards to whether HP would or would not remain in the PC business.
The shifts in 2012 were no less dramatic, despite new CEO Meg Whitman's pledge early in the year to be the "steady hand on the tiller for this company." Whitman in 2012 had to deal with the departure of several top executives, nearly all of HP's top channel execs. She was also called on to deal with questions about the future of its PC business, its services business, and that incredibly expensive but supposedly scandal-ridden decision by her predecessor to acquire Autonomy.
Can the Good Ship HP right itself? Time will tell. It is a large enough company that sheer momentum will carry it through many of its trials. Turn the page and see how the company and its channels fared in the past year.