What HP’s split means to you

HP split into HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard EnterpriseIt’s not every day that one of the world’s largest technology companies splits into two Fortune 50 companies — but it’s happening. On Aug. 1, 2015, HP will begin the process of breaking into two separate companies, which will be finalized this fall.

So what does that mean to customers? Anarchy in the streets? People running wild? Papers flying everywhere?

The short answer: not much. There will be plenty of internal changes at HP and its partners, but for most prepared customers, it will be business as usual.

So what is changing?

HP’s big split was announced last October in a blog post by Meg Whitman, HP’s current CEO. According to the post, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which will be run by Whitman, will focus on data center and infrastructure products and services, and HP Inc. will provide printing and personal systems. The chart above shows the breakdown.

Though the name of the company you purchase certain products from will be changing, how you acquire and manage your HP technology needs will be the same.

Important dates to know

From Aug. 1 through Aug. 5, HP’s systems will undergo upgrades to accommodate the separation. At that time, the company will be unable to process new quotes, orders, or shipments, but SHI is working closely with HP and our HP distribution network to ensure inventory levels can cover expected demand during that time. In fact, SHI was one of the first HP partners to complete the “Operational Readiness” checklist – meaning SHI has met HP’s requirements for the transition and customers shouldn’t experience any disruption. Customers planning a HP technology rollout around this time or thinking about scheduling one should coordinate with your SHI Account Executive to ensure inventory will be available.

On Nov. 1, HP will officially no longer exist, and will legally change to Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.

Why things are staying the same for customers

For the most part, HP was already organized by product lines and grouped into enterprise solutions and printing and personal systems, which helps ensure a smooth transition for both customers and partners.

We’ll continue monitoring the changes coming from HP, and keep you updated with relevant news as the official split approaches. But for now, breathe easy.

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