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The 25 Most Influential Executives Of 2022

CRN Staff

These 25 executives offered solution providers much-needed partnership at a time when the channel needed it most.

1. Antonio Neri

President, CEO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Neri made a big bet on Everything as a Service as far back as four years ago. That bet has put HPE far ahead of legacy infrastructure providers like Dell Technologies and Cisco Systems in the rapidly emerging Everything-as-a-Service contest.

It has also forever changed the channel landscape, with HPE partners moving from selling infrastructure products in a capital expenditure transactional model to selling on-premises cloud services in a consumption model that pits HPE GreenLake head-to-head against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Most remarkably, Neri this year delivered on his pledge made at the HPE Global Partner Summit three years ago to move HPE and its partners to the cloud consumption model. At the time, Neri told partners: “Three years from now, this company will become consumption-driven and everything we do—whether it is at the edge, the core, the cloud business—software or infrastructure and services will be available to you and to our customers as a service.”

Now that pledge -- which at the time seemed like a pipe dream -- is a reality. Neri’s success bringing HPE and its partners into the consumption-based cloud services market has earned him the No. 1 Most Influential Executive on CRN’s 2022 Top 100 Executives List. 




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