On Monday HP announced the decision to split into two different companies, one focused on the PCs and printers business (HP Inc. led by Dion Weisler) and another dedicated to enterprise services, technology consulting and, generally, value-added services (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise led by current CEO Meg Whitman).
This fracture let us return to the image of the “old world” that moves away from the “new world” and not necessarily to give both the best possible opportunities to “rise and shine” alone.
HP Inc. will inherit what is still considered HP’s stronger asset, even if the market is registering an increasing contraction.
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, on the other hand, will be a more service-oriented company, a trend followed by many other vendors, where “agility” and “focus” will be the keywords to regain some ground to competitors.
OpenStack Helion, HP’s flagship Cloud Platform, is one of these focal points, subject of numerous investments and acquisitions in the last year (among which we can mention Eucalyptus closed this September) but still struggling to compete with Red Hat and IBM.
The separation is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2015.