Meg Whitman Leads Hewlett Packard
by Susan Eustis
Meg Whitman has put her leadership stamp on Hewlett Packard. She firmly believes a large company like HP needs a leader. Whitman has said it needs someone who can be the face of the company. She is working hard to be personable and to make an impact on an organization that is challenged in many ways. Meg has embraced cloud computing, betting that in the cloud Hewlett Packard can find a way too bring together many of the disparate assets and resources of the company.
The HP enterprise Group provides servers, storage, networking, technology services and, when combined with HP’s Cloud Service Automation software suite, the company is able to offer an HP CloudSystem. The CloudSystem enables infrastructure, platform and software-as-a-service in private, public or hybrid environments.
Meg seeks to lead HP to continue to be a leading global provider of products, technologies, software, solutions and services. It has a broad customer base of individual consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, and large enterprises. Customers are in the government, health and education sectors. HP’s offerings span personal computing and other access devices; imaging and printing-related products and services; multi-vendor customer services, including infrastructure technology and business process outsourcing, application development and support services and consulting and integration services; enterprise information technology (“IT”) infrastructure, including enterprise storage and server technology, networking products and solutions, technology support and maintenance; and IT management software, information management solutions and security intelligence/risk management solutions.
HP is a hardware and infrastructure company. Meg Whitman has embraced cloud computing, security, and tools that help businesses better manage their data. In this regard Meg Whitman appears to be garnering a winning strategy for HP long term, leveraging the marketing spend of HP, but also of other companies including IBM that have embraced cloud computing.