eAt the HP Global Partner Conference and Workstation launch in Las Vegas today, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman reiterated HP’s drive to gain consumer confidence back with promises of funding innovation, working closely with partners and keeping the PC-making Personal Systems Group or PSG intact.
With already a slew of new product launched like the Z1 Workstation, the Spectre and Folio 13, she believes the core of the company relies on the ability to innovate and deliver quality and reliable products.
Doubling the funding in R&D investment, this statement was welcome news to the HP lab coats, who have toiled to release revolutionary products like the Z1 and Z series workstations. In the fiscal year 2011, HP’s R&D spending was US$3.2 billion, which represents 2.5% of its annual revenue.
The question mark over the inherited legacy of the WebOs was laid to rest by the five-month-old CEO with an assurance of continuing to keep the OS open and allow developers to build on it for the next couple of years, keeping the option open to tap on the expansive mobile business.
The WebOS is slated for launch in September and has been alluded to be a dark horse in the mobile market, seeing as there is a need for another mobile OS besides the Apple iOS and Google Android.
Also in the pipeline is a consistent company-wide corporate marketing programme, to be called “One HP”, to be launched within the next six months that will bring the company together as a connected organisation selling products that complement and integrate with each other.
This programme, if executed well, Whitman believes will help re-establish the company as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
Clearly the address was to regain HP’s partner confidence with drumming calls to work together and needing the partners’ support to recapture lost markets.
Says Whitman: “We’re going to return to being the reliable, trusted partner you can count on to build your businesses.”
Having an ecosystem of products that no other manufacturer can come close to, HP is confident in bouncing back with a swagger and “make 2012 a collective best year ever” she says.