9. HP Inks A Deal With Google
HP stepped up its multiplatform strategy by becoming a Google Apps For Business Reseller as part of an ambitious plan to dramatically redefine the small-to-midsize business (SMB) IT customer experience with HP SMB IT in a Box.
HP is billing the product as a "one-stop shop" SMB technology solution that includes Google Apps For Business with HP's own "unique" management software layer combined with HP PCs and printers. The offering was envisioned from the start as a channel partner play. Eventually, the SMB IT in a Box product will include integrated consoles developed by HP for resellers, IT administrators and end users, allowing easy access to the entire solution including Google Apps for Business.
HP targeted about several hundred cloud-savvy resellers to initially carry the product with a massive global rollout slated for 2014.