The Computing Center has been doing business with Hewlett Packard (HP) since 1984. We began by selling a desktop computer called the HP-150 and shortly thereafter began selling and servicing the first Laserjet which began the printing revolution. We now sell, service, and support, virtually the entire line of HP network servers, desktop and laptop computer, printers, plotters, switches, and routers. Over the years, HP has greatly expanded its business to become the world’s largest computer company by sales volume. Not a bad legacy for a couple of engineers who started out in a garage in Palo Alto, CA building audio oscillators and who’s early customer was Walt Disney Studios.
Large companies typically have many divisions and it’s common for each of those divisions to have separate profit and loss financial statements. HP is no exception. Many of us in the computer business have gotten used to HPs “alphabet soup” of ESSN, PSG, IPG, EB, etc. and exactly which division handles particular products, services, and programs. Most of our clients don’t care…they care about getting the right product and services, appropriately designed for their needs.
This past week, HP announced that PSG and IPG (printers) would be combined into a single division as a way to reduce some of HP’s internal complexity. From our client’s perspective, there will be virtually no changes. Inside, HP, the “merger” will allow overhead expenses to be trimmed, a gain operational and manufacturing efficiencies, and hopefully build on the successes inside the printer division.
A lot has happened since Hewlett Packard (HP) made a number of strategic announcements last Thursday, August 18. Over the weekend and into Monday, we read dozens of news reports regarding what HP said, what it’s doing, what they are planning on doing. Additionally we spoke with various HP representatives throughout the company regarding the meaning of the announcements and what the future would hold. Frankly a lot of what was in the news is speculation and some of it is just plain incorrect. In this article, we are addressing the hardware side of HP’s announcement. The Autonomy transaction will not affect most of The Computing Center’s client base.
The Computing Center is an HP Elite small and medium business partner and has done business with them since 1982, before the first HP Laserjet. Our partnership with HP and our goal with all our vendors is to bring the best in products and services to our clients. So, we’ve sifted through what Hewlett Packard has announced, what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what’s just speculation on the part of so called “experts”. To the best of our knowledge here’s what’s going on and how it may affect some of our clients: