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Whitman rings in the changes

Channel still key for HPE as the firm starts life post split

Meg Whitman got to ring the bell at the NYSE to welcome in the birth of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc and bring to a conclusion a process that has taken a year.

The two firms started trading separately as of just gone the stroke of midnight last night and ushered in a fresh era in the HP story.

The split has given both of the companies an opportunity to go out to the markets and remind people what they stand for.

Over the past few weeks the senior management at HP Inc have been banging the drum about 3D printing and how they plan to get some excitement going in the PC world.

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise got its chance to outline where it expects the growth to come from with Whitman stressing four areas where the growth will come from.

The idea of helping customers move to a hybrid cloud infrastructure is accompanied by plans to help customers use more data across their organisations.

With security the hot topic of the moment there are also moves to get more of a slice of that market as well as promoting mobile and networking technology to meet the rather wooly need of 'enabling workplace productivity'.

“The winners in today’s market will be those who apply the power of technology to fuel the power of ideas, and the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise is built to accelerate this journey for customers,” said Whitman.

“Hewlett Packard Enterprise has the vision, financial resources and flexibility to help customers win while generating growth and long-term value for our shareholders," she added.

One thing is for certain, the position of the channel in the future for both firms. Already the partner programmes have been split and detailed and the reliance on

Speaking to our sister title ComputerWeekly, HPE UK and Ireland managing director and senior vice-president Andy Isherwood, repeatedly underlined just how important the channel are to the future of the business.

He said the firm was viewing its fresh start as a chance to approach the market with a fresh perspective and even described the outlook on the same lines as that of a start-up.

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