Discover 2013: Recap of Meg Whitman's Keynote


Throughout 2013, CEO Meg Whitman and our 300,000 employees have been working to implement a foundation for renewed growth within the new style of IT. Discover 2013 presents a chance to tell that story to a vast audience of customers, partners and stakeholders. During yesterday’s opening session, Meg seized this opportunity through a keynote covering three core areas—progress, partnerships and HP’s unmatched capabilities.

HP’s “Fix & Rebuild” Progress

When it comes to HP’s internal processes and global infrastructure, Meg pointed to the recent improvements spearheaded by John Hinshaw’s Technology and Operations group. HP has executed a massive sales process transformation using Salesforce, incorporated new quote processes to improve the customer experience, and consistently used our own technology to run the company. On the financial front, Meg highlighted recent cash flow progress and our strengthened balance sheet. There’s more heavy lifting ahead, but HP is making progress against its operational excellence goals.

Emphasis on Partnerships

Meg shared that she’s met with more than 500 customers and 200 partners this year. Listening to those groups is helping HP build a business that exceeds customer expectations and forge new partnerships, like our newly announced venture with Google. HP and Google’s SMB “IT in a Box” aims to simplify the customer IT environment, reduce costs and allow business owners to focus on customers. We want to continue partnering with like-minded companies in order to deliver better results for customers. Like Meg said yesterday, “it’s as if our strengths are your strengths.”

One HP is Better

HP’s size, scale and global reach allow us to provide unmatched solutions for the new style of IT. In particular, Meg pointed to our vast portfolio of solutions spanning big data, cloud, mobility, security and more. These assets recently helped HP provide 40,000 personal systems to Nationwide Insurance, data center solutions to United Airlines and converged infrastructure benefits for DAS.  That same spirit of innovation also enabled us to bring HP Moonshot from HP Labs to commercialization to the Discover Zone.

What’s next for HP?

“Invention and innovation are heritage values at Hewlett-Packard,” Meg reminded the audience. HP is once again pairing these values with our breadth of solutions to provide connective tissue for modern enterprises and SMBs. Evidence of this is around every corner at Discover 2013. But if you want a roadmap for navigating the conference in person or online, check out Meg’s Top 10 List and continue following the HP Next live-stream