From capturing some of the greatest entertainers in history, to accessing the last 120 years of history, to turning our ideas into reality, or disrupting old ideas, technology continually impacts the way we live, and will only continue to deepen its mark. (more…)
It’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.
Have a question about the split we didn’t address? Let us know in the comments below.
Technology does a tremendous amount of good for the world: Never before have we had so much opportunity to change the world with our ideas, creations, and passions. This week’s picks demonstrate new ways creative people are using technology to solve problems, but remind us why we should also be cautious. (more…)
A whopping 30 to 40 percent of the food supply in the U.S. is wasted. Ironically, nearly 50 million Americans have a hard time obtaining food. I try to be waste-conscious in the kitchen and supermarket, but since most waste occurs when businesses toss out products that are about to expire, a bigger effort is needed to make a real impact. That is exactly what Spoiler Alert is trying to do. The new B2B app connects businesses with donation organizations, keeping food in bellies instead of landfills, and saving businesses money along the way. (more…)
Sensors are invading our world, measuring and tracking all kinds of data points about us. You might think that tracking brainwaves may be taking it a little too far, but Jaguar Land Rover wants to develop steering wheels that can detect your brainwaves in order to keep you safe through steering wheel and pedal vibrations. Would you invite this tech into your life if it helps keep you safe? The trade-off is something we’ll all have to think about. (more…)
SHI’s communications team meets with subject-matter experts each week, and we scan our news feeds daily for information about technology, products, and program changes that affect the way our customers do business. As we do, we come across technology-related stories that are interesting, but — like some top golfers this past weekend — don’t quite make the cut.
In the past, we would’ve read these stories and moved on to focus on other interesting news about, say, a change to a well-known volume licensing program or a Windows Server 2003 migration. But, we’ve decided that these stories are just too good to keep to ourselves, so we’re starting a new series to bring the fun, quirky, entertaining, or otherwise thought-provoking news to you.
Without further ado, here are four fascinating technology stories that we found riveting and potentially industry-changing. (more…)
This will not be Thai Lee’s favorite SHI Blog post. When we next pass in the hallway, she might ask me a slight variation on a question commonly posed by our CEO: “How did [this blog post] help our customers do their job well today?”
I have the rest of this post to come up with a good answer.
Normally this space is reserved for sharing information pertaining to the technologies and programs SHI’s 17,000+ customers use to smartly acquire, deploy, and support the technology that powers their organizations. Our next post will once again strive to accomplish exactly that. But for now, this space will simply be used to say, “Thank you!” (more…)
SHI continued its fast-paced growth during the first quarter of 2015, and brought in $1.3 billion in revenue, which represents a 12 percent year-over-year increase over Q1 2014. This growth was propelled in part by demand for Microsoft products and services, and for cloud solutions in particular. SHI’s Microsoft cloud business, including Office 365 and Azure, grew 126 percent among commercial customers, and represented 20 percent of all Microsoft revenues through SHI.
SHI also saw significant revenue growth abroad in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France, and among commercial and public sector organizations.
For additional breakdowns of SHI’s revenue growth and CEO Thai Lee’s perspective on our quarterly results, read our official press release.
Cisco is building on its traditional dominance in networking, and evolving its strategy to meet customer demand for cloud, security, big data, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. At the Cisco Partner Summit last week in Montreal, Cisco executives acknowledged this shift by often categorizing the organization as a “software company,” and pointing to consumption models supporting IoT, hybrid IT, and software as the forces that would drive future growth.
This pivot in the overall Cisco offering places increased importance on a continually strengthening SHI-Cisco partnership. SHI grew its Cisco business 24 percent in 2014, making Cisco a top-10 SHI partner for the first time, and early returns on 2015 suggest the pace is quickening. Through Q1, SHI’s year-over-year Cisco product sales grew 46 percent while services grew 11 percent. (more…)
SHI’s 25th year was a momentous one, and not just because we celebrated our silver anniversary; in 2014, SHI broke the $6 billion revenue plateau and grew to more than 2,800 employees for the first time.
SHI’s revenue growth was driven significantly by each of SHI’s sales divisions, with the Corporate and Public Sector segments expanding the fastest at 30 percent and 18 percent year over year, respectively. To keep pace with our growth, SHI invested heavily in our workforce, adding 350 employees to the global team, as well as in real estate and infrastructure through space acquisitions in the U.K., Texas, and New Jersey.
CEO Thai Lee acknowledged this success in a press release issued yesterday, saying, “Our consistent, substantial growth is a direct result of our close partnerships and our team’s unmatched ability to help customers select, deploy, and manage their technology. Our success has given us the opportunity to build our team in a way that will drive growth and deliver a superior level of customer service.” (more…)