Hewlett-Packard CompanyBill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP (Hewlett-Packard) in 1939. At the beginning oscillographs were produced and commercialized. HP became a share company in August 1947 and achieved 851,287 dollars sales volume in the same financial year with 111 employees. It was already 5.5 million dollars sales volume 215 employees in 1951, 20.3 million dollars sales volume and 901 employees in 1956. Motivated by the success HP went to stock exchange in 1957. Hewlett-Packard consists of 4 main business fields and one research facilitie, the HP Labs. This Lab is available for all business fields and advances the development.
- Enterprise Systems Group (ESG)
Key technology, components for enterprise IT infrastructure, storage systems, servers, management software and special solutions
- Imaging and Printing Group (IPG)
Printer and graphic solutions for enterprises and private users, printer devices, all in one devices, digital picture equipment like cameras and scanners with accessories
- Hewlett-Packard Services (HPS)
worldwide active IT service team for a comprehensive support
- Personal Systems Group (PSG)
economic PC solutions as well as equipment for enterprises and private users, desktop systems, notebook computers, workstation, thin clients, handhelds and PDAs
- HP server
- DeskJet devices (ink printers), LaserJet devices, (laser printer)
- HP OpenView
- HP-UX for PA-RISC and Itanium systems
Since beginning of the year 2000 Carleton S. Fiorina leads in the position as CEO and executive board chairmen the company Hewlett-Packard. The perhaps biggest process in the company history was when HP merged with the Compaq computer Corp. at the beginning of May 2002. The former managing director Michael Capellas of the Compaq Corp. is new president at HP. The operating system HP-UX shall profit from the operating system Tru64. HP agrees to a contract with Red Flag Linux, the dominating Linux distributor in the Chinese language area, for development and evaluation of software in China in September 2003.
Carly Fiorina withdrawn from her position as CEO on 9-2-2005. As reason she indicated differences in the top management about the further strategy of the enterprise. For example already before the take-over of Compaq there were differences with Walter Hewlett. As a successor Mark Hurd was elected on 30-3-2005. He was the head of the board of the company NCR Corp. before it. HP announced the sale of the 1 millionth Linux server since 1998 in the middle of June 2005. HP still placed itself as market leader at the sales volume since already 7 years in front of IBM.
The CEO of Sun Scott McNeally suggested Mark Hurd in an open letter on March 1st, 2006 to unite the operating systems HP-UX and Solaris. McNeally gave as argument that Solaris is a non proprietary operating system also for computer of other manufacturers. Solaris supports beside SPARC server the x86 and x64 platform too. Solaris 10 is therefore the ideal operating system for the Xeon and Opteron servers of HP who were delivered with Windows, Linux or Netware till now. There have been with over four millions of Solaris 10 more licences sold in 2005 than HP has sold with HP-UX in the complete company history. Mark Hurd rejected this suggestion.
|Carly Fiorina (Foto: HP)||Mark Hurd (Foto: HP)|