HP Reinvent Partner Conference
At HP’s Reinvent partner conference in Houston this month, the company celebrated its past, but primarily underscored how it is transforming its approach to product development and bringing its systems and services to market. HP CEO Dion Weisler gave homage to company’s 80th anniversary, which famously was spawned in the garage of founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard.
Weisler also underscored the changes HP has undergone, three years after it split into two companies by spinning out its server, storage and network business into what is now Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). While the separation was difficult, its headwinds are now a part of the past, Weisler said, as he thanked partners for sticking with HP.
“You stood with us, you believed in us and you trusted — and because you did, we’re a much stronger company today,” he told attendees in the opening keynote of the conference. “Close to 90 percent of our business went through the channel last year. Our commercial and consumer channels both grew revenue – double digits in dollar terms – and that’s more than $6.5 billion in new revenue.”
HP used the conference to launch new PCs for SMB customers as well as refreshed OfficeJet and LaserJet printers. The new wares offer improved capabilities with a focus on enhanced design; the company emphasized its growing device-as-a-service (DaaS) strategy. The “as-a-service” model includes new security capabilities for PCs, printers and managed print services.
Scroll through our slide show above to see some highlights of HP Reinvent.