07/21/2011, 09:56 PM
Have you heard of EDS ? I am sure you are. They are 100K plus consultants advising corporate IT across the world. While Google and Apple can sell as many as tablets they make, they cannot provide what HP does.
Originally Posted by barkerja
Take Google, they provide the enterprise support on Android and probably will bend backwards to allow some changes to the tablets. But are clueless when it comes to advising senior IT folks on what hardware to buy ? how would it fit in their software portfolio ? Or how to implement IT projects.
Apple , OTOH, shows my route or the app route. You probably have to have an APP for enterprise applications ( e.g. SAP). Apple would not like individual corporations asking custom requests (be it be encryption , monitoring ... ). They might have supporting companies that are beyond my knowledge, but they do not have a team of consultants that would advise corporations on a regular basis of their IT needs.
Take a typical fortune 500 company and see where HP would fit in
HP supplies computers,servers and printers. So they have access to the managers who are key decision makers on the hardware.
HP owns 3Com and Mercury Interactive. The first one is a networking company and the second one is enterprise software tools company for managing software projects (datacenter server management, configuration management, testing). Here HP deals with the IT managers on the software side.
HP provides IT consulting. This , IMHO, is where all the magic happens. 9 out of 10 times the enterprise client has no clue what to do and how to do any IT project. The former EDS consultants advise the clients on software selection, development, deployment and maintenance. They provide a total package. HP can easily tailor the Touchpad to meet the needs of the customer and package it to deploy in their company.
Having ex SAP CEO helps them in the enterprise software support too. The big issue they have are their bitter rivalry with ORACLE and a hot and cold partnership with Microsoft.
Long story short , the enterprise managers are surrounded by HP, it will be tough for iPad to compete with Touchpad in spite of the lag no apps ....