Give Hewlett-Packard credit. At the HP Americas Partner Conference this week, Channel Chief Stephen DiFranco (pictured) provided multiple updates on HP's channel strategy. Plus, VP Meaghan Kelly described a successful SMB managed services engagement with Axcient. And CEO Leo Apotheker says an HP Cloud is on the way. But here's the problem: Overall, I think HP's cloud strategy is a bit late and may be too ambitious. Plus, I'm not really sure how smaller partners will potentially profit from the new HP CloudSystem Partner Program. You'll find those perspectives and more on our sister sites, The VAR Guy and TalkinCloud.