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What Partners Need to Know About HP, Inc.

What Partners Need to Know About HP, Inc.What Partners Need to Know About HP, Inc.

A resurgent HP, Inc. wants the channel to transform. Instead of focusing on transactional sales, HP is now encouraging partners to establish more contractual relationships with customers that deliver IT as a service.

HP Hits the Comeback TrailHP Hits the Comeback Trail

HP, Inc. grew revenues 11 percent in the third quarter year over year. Personal Systems net revenue was up 12 percent year over year. Total units were up 7 percent with notebooks units up 12 percent and desktops units down 3 percent. Printing net revenue was up 6 percent year over year. HP’s printer business also grew in the last two quarters for the first time in years. HP generated $1.7 billion in free cash flow for the quarter.

HP Partners BenefitHP Partners Benefit

HP paid out over $1 billion to partners last year. In addition, HP has trained over 15,000 account managers and certified engineers. HP has 200,000 global partners. HP says about two-thirds of the partners are actively participating in driving new revenue streams.

HP University OpensHP University Opens

HP is investing in sales training to enable partners to sell contractual services ranging from a HP device-as-a-service (DaaS) offering to traditional managed print services. HP expects partners will use market development funds to pay for training.

HP Bets on Device-as-a-ServiceHP Bets on Device-as-a-Service

DaaS has been forecasted to be a $10 billion market by 2022. HP already has 600 partners participating in reselling its DaaS offering, which today spans Windows, Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Additional operating systems will be added in the future.

Digital Office Opens for BusinessDigital Office Opens for Business

HP sees a significant opportunity in 2018 to transform the office experience using software applications such as HP PhoneWise, an application that allows mobile text messages sent to a smartphone to appear on a PC screen, and HP Roam, a mobile application that enables end users to print almost anywhere they are authorized.

Augmented and Virtual Reality Come This WayAugmented and Virtual Reality Come This Way

HP in 2018 views offerings such as the VR Backpack as an opportunity to drive up usage of higher-end notebooks, desktops and workstations across several vertical industries.

Security as a DifferentiatorSecurity as a Differentiator

HP says requests for quotes from customers increasingly include a requirement to build security software into the device. HP includes its own secure BIOS with its PCs and is expecting partners to increase the number of security certifications they hold.

HP 3D Printing Is a New ChannelHP 3D Printing Is a New Channel

Most existing HP partners don’t have the expertise required to sell 3D printers as a manufacturing alternative to injection molding. HP is actively recruiting new channel partners to resell its 3D printers.