How HP Inc. will chart its own path for printing and personal systems

    Las Vegas — Will a separated Hewlett-Packard Co. be more than the sum of its parts? That’s the question on the minds of many at the vendor’s Global Partner Conference this week.

    Effective Nov. 1, HP is set to split into two separate companies, and both will be publicly-traded Fortune 50 giants. HP Enterprise will have the services, software and networking business, while HP Inc. will have the printing and personal systems business.

    Company executives say the split will allow each company to make its own strategic bets and its own decisions on research and development investments. There will still be linkage — current HP CEO Meg Whitman will lead HP Enterprise and also serve as chair of HP Inc. And programs are in place to encourage HP’s resellers to keep working with both companies.

    What will it mean for HP’s customers though, and what path will HP Inc. chart as a separate company? We put those questions to Jos Brenkel, senior vice-president of worldwide sales strategy and project management office for HP’s printing and personal systems group — soon to be HP Inc.

    Learn more in this video interview.

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    Jeff Jedras
    Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.