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December 4, 2014

Meg Whitman puts faith in HP’s ‘two-car garage’

Meg Whitman, HP CEO, addressed the issue of HP's separation in her keynote at HP Discover 2014.

By Ellie Burns

Battleships, speedboats and garages – all metaphors used by Meg Whitman to describe the upcoming separation of HP into HP Enterprise and HP Inc.

Addressing the issue of HP’s separation into two businesses, CEO Meg Whitman took the HP Discover audience on a trip down memory lane.

Highlighting how HP was founded in a Palo Alto garage by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, Whitman urged those assembled to rethink their view of HP, "After next year you can think of HP as a two car garage, behind each garage door we will be creating, innovating and setting you up to excel."

"These two garages will be sharing tools and resources to make life easier for you," she concluded, before adding that the HP ‘legend will continue".

Whitman constantly reassured the HP Discover audience, which was predominantly made up of customers and partners that the separation would result in a better HP service for everyone, promising "the right compute for the right workloads, at the right economics, every single time."

Focusing on acceleration, agility and speed, Whitman moved out of the garage and onto the water, highlighting how she had always viewed HP as having "resources of a battleship while moving like a speedboat."

She then urged the audience to "think of us as two new, faster, more manoeuvrable vessels each with specialised visions. Both companies will be built for speed, both built for you."

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Whitman then addressed what HP is calling the ‘new style of IT’, and how the separation would not change their strategy to provide solutions for this new style of IT.

"To me, the new style of IT is actually a new style of business that is powered by IT, and we want to be the best technology partner on the planet for each and every one of you", she said adding that HP’s "commitment will not waver for even a second."

Confirming that the separation will happen around November 2015, Whitman expressed how ‘thrilled’ she was to play a part in both companies – as CEO of HP Enterprise and Chairman of the Board of HP Inc.

It remains to be seen if Whitman will remain true to her word when the separation rolls out next year, if customers will get a "faster and better, smarter and cheaper" service from HP. Her efforts of reassurance and faith in the separation were received well by the audience, but we will have to wait and see the real results following the separation next year.

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