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HP Strategy and Technology Chief discusses direction, highlights Palm in cloud strategy 38

by Jonathan I Ezor#IM Wed, 09 Jun 2010 4:23 pm EDT

Shane Robinson, HP CTO As HP’s acquisition of Palm grows closer, the role of Palm and its products (both smartphones and webOS) is a topic of interest for investors and customers alike. In an interview with Bob Evans of InformationWeek, Shane Robison, HP’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, provided some additional details as to where HP is headed, and how Palm fits in the plan.

HP’s strategy focuses on five key points:

1) The inevitability of the cloud as a compelling enterprise IT model;
2) The rise of mobility as the dominant computing platform;
3) The momentous shift from IT as productivity agent to communications & collaboration optimizer;
4) The stunningly steep increase in the volume of information that's being produced—and the fact that we're only in the early stages of that surge; and
5) The power of analytics to help organizations seize competitive advantage by being able to exploit the power of that information explosion.

To reflect these points, the company is putting together a set of unified products and services to cover the entire range of IT infrastructure. According to the article, HP intends to leverage webOS as a tool for keeping their business customers connected, in conjunction with new "analytical tools that will enable on-the-go workers to manipulate and comprehend and base decisions on those huge sets of data and information."

Robison himself states,

"'If you look at where we're going with the Palm thing—and actually it ties back to some of the things we've done with 3Com and getting the rest of that network built out so that we can have that free flow of information—it's all consistent….Then our announcement today on the web-connected printing stuff—same thing: it's all gonna be connected. Now, the interesting opportunity for us is—especially with all the work we've done with touch and in new user interfaces—we can make a much more consistent and intuitive experience for people across a wide, wide range of products.'"

Unlike the controversial remarks (subsequently clarified) by HP CEO Mark Hurd last week, the InformationWeek piece affirms that HP envisions Palm’s hardware as well as software playing a role in the company’s strategy. Good news for the Palm hardware group, as well as for users hoping for continuing (and rapid) webOS smartphone development.

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wow 1st :)

Fail!

ah shitttt!! haha

oh and bla bla bla same old same ol

This may be interesting from the 30,000 foot level but it tells us little to nothing about whether HP truly understands how to harness the power and leverage the brilliance that is webOS.

The more these corporate drones at HP speak the less confidence I have in their vision for innovation. Fortunately webOS has already been born and all they have to do is build on it.

Do you really need it spelled out to you are can you read between the lines? A few of the things that webOS does well are Synergy, Notifications and the fact that it's an extension of the web on a wireless mobile device. Last first, by being an extension of the web it naturally is connected to cloud platforms as long as the device is on. Synergy - data can be pushed to the device and managed properly without requiring a DBA. Notifications - alerts to the fact that new data has arrived and to take actions based on the interpretation of that new data by Synergy or other apps. This just scratches the surface.

I thought webos wasn't as secured as blackberry and iphones. I sure that hp is looking to tighten that up. I hope that they can take some of blackberry business customers and then webos can be a huge player in the smartphone game. Apple may have there itunes and itunes sync and all that, but hp looks to take enterprise users. Not a bad way to get webos to more people. Once they do that, then we might get more developers on board. Keep it up hp and palm.

It's more than simply enterprise users. HP purchased EDS because they host data centers for some of the top companies in the world. Before those companies were tied to their user via PC using technologies like VPN. You're right in that Palm's security needs tightening up because the next step is to connect to employees through devices running webOS (Pre's, Pixi's and Slates). Now, HP can take the corporate market from RIM and support their customers from end (server/network) to end (stationary user/mobile user).

That was based on a firm testing an outdated version of webOS. They even admitted that the specific security issues has been fixed in updated versions. Any platform will have security issues.

Stop talkin' & Show me the MONEY! Where's our new phone??

Another 6-8 weeks before they announce anything. We gotta play it cool so the current stuff doesn't look too stale, or that may only hold back any announcements if the surplus doesn't clear out.

for real man this all nice here but I need a new phone

I honestly think we're not going to get any specific updates from HP regarding a new WebOS powered smartphone until AFTER the merger is complete (if at all). Its not like they are at liberty to announce an HPre 2 yesterday even if they had them ready on pallets to ship. It's like trying to remodel a house that's still in Escrow...you just don't do this at that point as anything can happen to ruin the deal.

So these vague announcements will be par for what we'll likely hear until the acquisition is complete. At best, they have a big gun ready to go...at worst, HP is aware of the following (supporters) behind Palm and WebOS. What would suck is if some killer WebOS phone comes out end of this year on AT&T after I just got the Pre+ last month! :)

THANK YOU!!!! I don't know why more people don't get this. Upcoming merger/buyout, combined with the release of the EVO and the upcoming iPhone. Not the best time to make an announcement.

Also if an announcement is made now, HP doesn't own anything yet. It would mean Palm doing it on it's own, seams much smarter to wait til the folks with the money own the company so an announcement and release can be planned and executed properly. HP also cannot announce detailed plans for things it doesn't yet own, it would be rediculous to give any specifics at this point.

I do agree with those hoping to hear something soon after everything is complete. The constant comments from folks who expect to hear something with the deal coming up on it's close are dreaming.

well palm said that it had a pipeline in the works of making a new phone. Lets just hope that when the folks with the money come around and palm ask for a hand on polishing up and or tweaking and finishing the phone, that we truly have it. Last thing we need is palm working on something to be released and hp says scrap that. Then who know how long we have to wait. If anything, no later then feb 2011, we should have a new webos smartphone.

for real man this all nice here but I need a new phone

I'm not going to base any judgements on HP until I see some real decisions once they combine. The first few decisions are key in my eyes. Tells me what the future will be like.

D-day is June 25, and we shall see what follows. I surely think that CEO will come out and say something about the next coming phone or devices.

Where in the article does it even mention Palm or WebOS?

Obviously he mentions "mobility" so that is the basis for the article, but one could argue that to mean cloud computing as a whole. I think that this article and all the speculation on interviews like this mean nothing - we're all scared about the potential non-future of WebOS as a phone OS hence the word-to-word analysis of an interview like this. Ultimately, the proof will be in the pudding, and it's when updates to the OS (hopefully robust and big) and hardware come that we'll know the true committment of HP to continuing Palm (smartphones) as opposed to simply buying them for the IP.

"If you look at where we're going with the Palm thing..."

Double Post

I am excited, more connected devices means more people will use Web OS. Yes!!!1

Maybe we will have better management of our profiles in cloud and not loose data again.

Don't you guys get it. "BUSINESS CUSTOMERS"... This means that they want to use WebOS so that company sales people will use the Slate (or whatever the new HP tablet will be named) to go out and get new customers for the business using WebOS technology to stay connected to the company's business systems. Then they can have customers sign contracts using the tablet and Print them VIA WebOS at headquarters. That's a pretty strong strategy I'd say.

Heck, they may even use the tablet to have the Sales rep do a Facetalk with headquarters admin. This is what they will do with WebOS, and it has nothing to do with the general population who wants a new cell phone. I think we'll have to deal with it.

Wait! So you're saying HP will only sell this to companies and I won't be able to buy a printer or tablet from HP! Wow, that's a revelation. Forget HP then, I'm going to go buy an EVO and an iPad now.

Remember Richard Gere in Pretty Woman?.... Buy the company and break it into little pieces. Android will be the next WebOS... why? Because they're buying the brains. I wish I was wrong... but just tell me... what solid assurances have we heard that says otherwise?

did he actually say 'the Palm thing'...???

palm had poor marketing. Hopefully HP will use Palm's OR department...

I think this forum should be changed to WebOScentral to be consistent with AndroidCentral.

I had a dream last night it was a while in to the future and I sold a vintage iPhone 5G on eBay because they are no longer being built... Apple was no longer there it was jointly bombed by HP and Microsoft Steve Jobs was executed on live TV... Then HP and Microsoft were bombing each other and all the helicopters and plans used WebOS as a OS But the Microsoft comp used windows 12 on there planes and what not...

Was a wakie dream but fun at the same time.. I love it when i can remember dreams like that...

this my friend, is the winning pdk game app plot.

kudo's to your dreams. What the hell you smokin? Pass it please. ;)

No drugs lol i wish i had been i have some the most strange dreams lol i can recall all kinds of detail too like the sound it makes when you swipe away card going from flight menu to the firing menu...

This just continues to reiterate the same thing I mentioned before. HP is going to leverage Palm and mobilize WebOS into everything. You'll be able to stay interconnected throughout your business or home with smartphones, tablets, PC's, printers, and even HP TV's/monitor's all powered with WebOS. Imagine using your phone to stream video to an HP TV, or a business presentation onto a WebOS powered HP monitor or projector. Printing from your Slate or phone anywhere you are through the cloud. This is the general overall vision HP is clearly stating.

HP will keep the smartphones, but may wait to see if they want to continue to use Palm's hardware, or bring their own to the fight, but they will continue. But this whole buyout is about giving them the ability to provide a complete communications and IT package that integrates everything, including for consumers.

This is the general overall vision HP is clearly stating.
hahaha! The only clear thing that comes out from HP is the web printing. All that other blabber is just utter rubbish, truly a vision that is sooooo far from any real implementation, it is even hard to follow what on earth are they talking about, much less how do they plan to execute it :)

Haven't read that amount of BS since quite a long time! Strategy??? A vision, yes, quite unclear one, but long way from here to even a strategy, and much longer to the execution!

If someone sees in this whole blabber a single bit (like in 0/1 :) ) of information about the future of a webOS smartphones, well, good luck, all I can say is that person is really desperate for a good news/some confidence boost!

I agree with all the points that have been made so far. HP is not going to reveal anything substantial until the merger has been finalized. Anything else would open the door to litigation or worse. What I think is clear from all this though is that Palm's history as a hacking friendly company (i.e. homebrew and patches) is likely done. HP has said time and again that they are aiming at the corporate market, and I cannot imagine a set of products targeted at the corporate market as open as WebOS. My understanding is that corporate IT departments value the ability to lock things up tight, to minimize the headache of maintenance and to keep sensitive corporate data secure. The ability to easily patch the OS goes against that. I do hope that I'm wrong, and that some of Palm's hacker friendly culture survives, but I fear that those days are behind us.

Looks like HP thinks it can take on RIM in the corporate market. Unsurprising I guess given HP's corporate focus. I don't think they can succeed though, particularly with the larger corporations.

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I can see it now. Your at your sons baseball game and you get an e-mail from your boss. He needs you at work early to present a presentation on your current project. You access your work computer through your phone. Send all your needed material to your WebOS tablet at home. When you get home, you put together the information and send a completed presentation to you WebOS printer at wotk. The printer organizes and put together your material. In the morning you pick up the material and go to your meeting. Oh, then you use your WebOS tablet to access the WebOS projector to present your material. Fully integrated world in WebOS. That what it sounds like to me. My mind wants to take it even further, but I dont want to sound like a WebOS geek.