"As the convergence of Cloud and connectivity continues to redefine the technology landscape, HP and our channel partners are well-positioned to capitalize on this tremendous market opportunity", stated Léo Apotheker, who addressed partners in a keynote presentation. "We will continue to arm our partners with complete, end-to-end solutions to meet customer demand today and tomorrow."
Léo Apotheker also highlighted the importance of HP channel partners' involvement in the development and execution of HP's go-to-market strategy, as well as his personal commitment to working alongside partners to penetrate new markets and deliver solutions that optimize customers' business models and transform their infrastructure.
As part of the company's focus on mobility, HP announced new benefits and rewards for partners selling webOS solutions, enabling partners to drive growth in the $26.4 billion Americas commercial mobility market.
Throughout the conference, partners will hear about HP's connected offerings for the channel and how they can leverage these solutions - from the data centre to the network edge - to grow their businesses. HP also will outline channel partner Cloud programmes as well as showcase a Cloud experience demonstration featuring products and services from across its portfolio.
HP also launched the HP SMB Central community network to help partners seize the $71 billion U.S. small and midsize business (SMB) market opportunity.
Enhancements to the HP PartnerONE programme are designed to drive growth around key market opportunities, including new offerings for connectivity and enterprise.
"We're aligning our industry-leading PartnerONE programme to help our partners take advantage of emerging industry trends and grow their businesses", stated Stephen DiFranco, vice president and general manager, Solution Partners Organization - Americas, HP. "Throughout 2011, we plan to leverage our evolving portfolio, tailored programmes and simple solutions to make it easy and more profitable for partners to work, and more importantly grow, with HP."
Beginning this summer, partners will be able to sell webOS solutions and tap into new HP PartnerONE programme benefits. New webOS PartnerONE benefits include market development funds, volume programmes, big deal registration and practice development for partners selling webOS products, such as the HP TouchPad. HP will work with partners to provide context-aware experiences for customers with secure information creation, digitization, transformation and consumption - anytime, anywhere.
In November, HP plans to introduce an Elite programme that integrates its webOS solutions, providing partners with the appropriate knowledge, training and resources to successfully deliver these solutions to the market. Further details regarding the Elite programme will be announced later this year.
The company also announced an addition to its Deal-Registration programmes. Effective May 1, the HP Personal Systems Group's "target offer" will reward partners with upfront benefits during the negotiation stages of a deal when targeting select enterprise customers.
Launched in the United States and Canada earlier this month, HP SMB Central - an initiative that offers channel partners one-stop access to SMB sales solutions, marketing and support - now includes an on-line community network. The HP SMB Central community offers HP channel partners a place to network, collaborate and share best practices for growth in the SMB market.
In addition to learning about HP and its SMB programmes and solutions, the community network provides real-time collaboration and an ongoing dialogue with peers and industry experts that will help partners understand how to seize more of this key market segment and grow their SMB business.
More than 2,000 partners and HP leaders from across the Americas are attending APC, where, in addition to Léo Apotheker and Stephen DiFranco, they will hear from HP executives such as Ann Livermore, executive vice president, Enterprise Business; Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group; and Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group.
APC sets the stage for more than 700 executive meetings and roundtables with HP executives and partner attendees, designed to align strategies for profitable growth throughout the year.