Meg Whitman and LinkedIn Executive Editor Dan Roth meet at the Empire State Building to talk about Hewlett Packard's split and its cloud integration.
Part I of the interview: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/meg-whitman-turning-hps-painful-split-sales-tactic-daniel-roth
Part II of the interview: http://www.slideshare.net/LinkedInPulse/meg-whitman-hp-hewlett-packard-enterprise-politics-election-republican-debate-technology-pt2
"Let me start with Dell-EMC because we are taking too diametrically opposite strategies. It's quite an interesting time in business to see two similar companies in many ways taking two such different strategies. What we're doing is we are getting smaller. I have deleveraged balance sheets, so we go into this new business with $5.5 billion of cash, net cash on the operating company, and we're leaning hard into new technology 3PAR, new style of storage with the all-flash array, next generation of networking, Aruba wireless LAN networking company, converged infrastructure, cloud.
"What EMC and Dell are doing is they are getting much bigger. They are leveraging the company up dramatically and they're consolidating old technology and trying to take the cost down. So it's two completely different strategies.
"My view is the market is moving so fast that smaller, more nimble, more agile, being able to find the customer needs faster and help them faster. Speed is of the essence in this day and age, and you must see this at LinkedIn.
"Speed is critical. It's easier to be faster when you're smaller and not levered.
"Let me tell you what our cloud strategy is because it's actually, I think, quite complimentary to Amazon. We will live in a hybrid cloud world. What I mean by that is you got to start. If you're a company, you have to start with your applications. What applications do you want locked down in your data center untouched by anyone other than your employees? Think about in the financial institutions, that's probably the core banking apps.
"Then what might you want in a private cloud on your premises where you have complete control, what might you want in a virtual private cloud or a managed private cloud, and then what might you want all the way out in the public cloud. My view is that companies are going to have applications in all those different instantiations and they need someone to be able to provide those instantiations and then also link them together.
"We have a product called Cloud System Automation that allows you to automate, orchestrate, and monitor multiple cloud environments. Probably in the future, we'll end up working with an AWS or an Azure because they will provide the public cloud offering that we have chosen not to provide."