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HPE CEO Meg Whitman On Upcoming Changes To Field Compensation, The Impact Of Dell On HPE's VMware Relationship And Why Hardware Still Matters In The Software-Defined Era

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman tackled questions at the Best of Breed conference, ranging from the channel impact of the company's HPE Next restructuring to what her next career move might be after HPE.

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There have been a number of changes as a result of the HPE Next restructuring. What was the problem you were trying to solve for, and how will changes you've made affect the channel?

We have driven a turnaround strategy at HPE and HP that's been remarkably successful. That first five-year journey was completed in August of this year when we completed the spinoff of our application software business. HPE Next came about by saying, what's next for the go-forward company, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which is a $28 billion company with 65,000 people? Our whole focus is around the channel. You all are so important to the future of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. I can't underscore that enough. We said what can we do to make HP even nimbler, faster, more cost effective to do business with and a more effective business partner for all of you, and we came to three things. The first is simplification. How do we simplify our business? Complex equals high cost and hard to do business with. Great execution is obviously super important, and then making sure we're doing everything we can to help make you successful.

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