Hewlett Packard on Tuesday said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Printelligent in an effort to step up its game with managed print services, an area HP already considers itself top dog. The OEM justified the purchase by saying it will "strengthen HP's leadership in MPS," while giving HP an immediate upgrade in infrastructure, software, and trained workers.
How's your resume looking these days? If you have experience with senior management and a passion for software, you may have what it takes to land at job at Hewlett Packard. Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg says more high level workers are getting ready to jump HP's ship, including senior vice presidents Marius Haas, Tom Iannotti, and Gary Budzinski.
HP has given its Pavilion desktop line some fresh digs, both inside and out. New models consist of the HPE h8, Slimline s5, and p7 series. Each one is aimed at a different core audience, however all three boast clean lines, soft forms, contrasting materials, and a glossy black front panel layered over a metallic base to give depth and dimension to the new towers, HP says. Sliding front panels hide unsightly ports and drives, resulting in a polished, clean appearance. Listening to HP describe these things, we don't know if we should be intrigued or turned on.
A wireless mouse solves one problem while simultaneously introducing another, and it's up to you to decide if cutting the cord (and maybe a bit of clutter) is worth the trade-off of giving up a USB port for the wireless receiver. HP's engineers didn't think so, but rather than throw in the towel, they went and developed the new HP Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse, the first mouse to connect quickly and easily without a USB dongle using a PC's built-in Wi-Fi receiver. Genius!
Is your business saddled with old equipment and bloated software? Hewlett Packard feels your pain. The OEM today rolled out its new "HP Get Thin Guarantee Program" designed to help clients reduce storage capacity requirements by 50 percent or more when they replace legacy equipment with HP 3PAR Utility storage. And in addition to cutting your storage footprint, HP says you'll save power and costs, too.
Don't accuse Hewlett Packard of having a case of the Mondays. The OEM woke up this morning and hit the ground running by announcing a handful of new products and services, including an ultra-thin notebook, a light and powerful laptop, a convertible tablet, a redesigned netbook, and even a pre-paid 3G mobile broadband service. More details after the jump.
Just over a month ago, Rahul Sood announced he was resigning from his position as the CTO of Global Gaming for Hewlett-Packard, a resignation that came with "mixed emotions." That's understandable, given that he built one of the most recognizable PC brands around in Voodoo PC, a company he put over two decades of service into.
At the time, there wasn't any indication what would come next for Sood, who simply said he "can't wait to be directly involved in a product pipeline again." He didn't have to wait long.
Well, it's probably time I let the cat out of the bag. I am happy to announce that I'll be joining Microsoft as the GM for System Experience in the Interactive Entertainment Business," Sood wrote in a blog post. "I'll be working on some really...really...really cool stuff come January 2011."
The wording of his new position leaves plenty of room for speculation on what exactly he'll be doing, which could include helping to design the next generation Xbox console.
If you're into subsidized pricing, mail-in-rebates, two-year customer agreements, Verizon Wireless, and HP's line of notebooks, then get prepared to be tickled pink. That's because Verizon is now offering HP's Pavilion dm1-2010nr notebook for $200 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and with a two-year commitment to a Mobile Broadband plan.
The 11.6-inch notebook comes with an AMD Athlon II Neo K325 dual-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 320GB hard drive, Altec Lansing speakers, webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 6-cell battery.
Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, and Wistron all have a message for Hewlett-Packard (HP): Big orders or bust. According to a report in Chinese-language Commercial Times, all three Taiwan-based notebook makers are refusing to accept low-gross margin orders from HP in 2011.
The tough stance is an attempt to end the fierce price competition that has been ongoing among notebooks makers since the better part of this year, an official with Quanta said. Quanta is expected to see lower overall notebook shipments in 2011, but better profitability.
So what of HP? The OEM found greener pastures at Flextronics, which accepted the company's low-gross margin orders at quotes lower than Quanta's, the Commercial Times reports.
Leo Apotherker, who spent more than 20 years at SAP (most recently as the Chief Executive Officer), is stepping in as the new CEO and President of Hewlett Packard, the OEM announced.
"Leo is a strategic thinker with a passion for technology, wide-reaching global experience and proven operational discipline -- exactly what we're looking for in a CEO," said Robert Ryan, lead independent director of the Board. "After more than two decades in the industry, he has a strong track record of driving technological innovation, building customer relationships, and developing world-class teams."
During his tenure, Apotherker helped lead SAP to 18 consecutive quarters of double-digit software revenue growth between 2004 and 2009. HP will look to Apotherker to mimic that success as the company continues to expand globally.