1. The Transformation Of Hewlett Packard Enterprise And The Company's Leadership Change
Hewlett Packard Enterprise was created in 2015 from the split of the Hewlett-Packard Co. But the transformation was far from complete: In 2017 HPE, through key acquisitions, a major divestiture and a change in the company's top executive post, continued its efforts to remake itself in a fast-changing industry.
In April, after nearly a year of preparations, HPE spun off its Enterprise Services business, which was then merged with CSC to form DXC Technology, a new systems integration and services leader.
But even as HPE was divesting its services business, it was making a series of acquisitions that strengthened its position in servers and storage. In February HPE acquired SimpliVity for $650 million, instantly boosting its competitive position in the red hot hyper-converged systems market against rivals Cisco, Dell EMC and Nutanix.
In April HPE bought Nimble Storage, a developer of leading-edge flash storage systems, for $1.09 billion. And in February, between the SimpliVity and Nimble deals, HPE bought Niara, a startup developer of security analytics and network forensics technology, in a move to boost HPE's Aruba ClearPass network security portfolio.
In early November, in a move heavy with symbolism, HPE announced that it would move out of its long-time headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., to a facility in Santa Clara.
But the biggest move was yet to come. On Nov. 21 Meg Whitman (pictured), who began serving as CEO of HP in 2011 and held that post at HPE after the split, announced that she would step down as of Feb. 1, 2018. Taking over the top job is Antonio Neri, who was promoted from executive vice president to president in June.
The story of HPE's transformation is ongoing, including the company's massive "Next" restructuring initiative, and in 2018 it will be up to Neri to write the next chapter.