HP have more than 80 years experience and are number 2 in their market
HP was established in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, hence the name HP. Now more than 70 years on, HP operates in 170 countries worldwide, serving more than 1 billion customers. They compete with the likes of Panasonic and Apple for their share of the technological market.
HP held the number one position in the market until 2010 when Apple’s sales boomed last year, pushing HP in to second place. HP has continued to grow from strength to strength, acquiring over 116 businesses since 1986. These acquisitions were not only of premises or companies, but acquisitions of staff and innovative designs and ideas which made HP the company it is today. The acquisitions helped HP stay ahead of it’s competitors, and until last year they remained in number one position in the market.
HP has been building PC’s and are leading innovators in the technology market. They dedicate $3.6 billion annually to research and development of products, solutions and new technologies, to ensure they stay ahead and offer their customers the most up to date technology.
Schools in America used HP Thin Clients to minimise IT support and service and have a centralised control over systems and applications, while maintaining acceptable performance levels. A recent case study showed that the Thin Clients offered desk top like features and supported local applications easily. Using the Altis Deployment Solution from HP, the control and migration was centralised to a single location, making it easier for School IT Technicians to manage.
HP really do have UK’s pupils future at heart, they have recently launched an educational programme to improve graduate business skills. Due to the shortage of “job ready” IT professionals with the right skills to grow and innovate within business, HP have teamed up with De Montfort University in Leicester to deliver the programme. The course is designed to teach students how to match solutions to business objectives and justifying the ROI of the proposal. HP understands it is no longer good enough to hire geeks from university who can code if they don’t understand business as well.