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Meg Whitman tells IT leaders everything they need to know about HP Enterprise

John Gallant | April 7, 2016
In this installment of the IDG CEO Interview Series, we asked Whitman to talk directly to IT leaders about what the company split means for them as customers, and how HP Enterprise's new innovation agenda will help them transition to private and hybrid cloud.

Then we have some more upstream research in cognitive computing that lives in Hewlett-Packard Labs. Cognitive computing is basically ingesting all kinds of different data and making sense out of it. We do a lot of that. Listen, they're {IBM} doing some very interesting things. They're buying healthcare companies and stuff, but listen, our Vertica platform is remarkable as is our Haven OnDemand platform. I put us up against Watson every day of the week here. We're in a lot of customers where actually from a Watson perspective it's not as far along in terms of real-world applications as you might imagine from the advertising.

I'm looking for the brief explanation of how you want people to think of HP Enterprise. eBay was the online auction company, no question about the mission, the role. If you were to put it in a couple words, HP is the what company?

It's the company you can count on to transition your IT environment to the new style of IT.

From an employee perspective, in terms of reengaging the employees at HP Enterprise, what have you done to get them to own innovation again or to spur morale?

First is very clear communication about what we're up to and who we're focused on. Remember our consumer business went with HP, Inc., so we are entirely an enterprise company. Second is sense of urgency. The market is very competitive and we cannot have people working at HP who are not on it, running to the fire and moving fast. I say to our organization every single day: The future belongs to the fast. If we are not fast and thorough and the reliable technology partner, we will not win. But if we are, we have a very good shot at winning here. So I think it's about speed and it's about winning.



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