LAS VEGAS: HP announced it is 80 percent of the way through its split into two companies, and will start trialling operation of the separate businesses from 1 August 2015.
At HP Discover 2015 in Las Vegas, John Hinshaw, head of HP technology and operations, discussed the details and logistics of the split in a keynote speech, which will see HP become Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.
"What we've done over the past couple of years is consolidate our infrastructure, consolidate our data centres, consolidate our applications to get ready for something like this," he said.
"We're going to start operating these companies 1 August to get ready for 1 November.
"The reason is we want to ensure that we fully test the environment for three months before we separate. This will be one of the largest separations ever."
The company's division requires HP to separate out 2,800 applications, 300,000 staff, 75,000 application interfaces, along with its global spread of data centres and networks, all between the two new companies.
Hinshaw noted that such figures indicate the scale of the task HP is undertaking: "We believe it is the biggest split of its kind."
As such, HP plans to use its split as a template for helping other large-scale companies do the same when it comes to separating their IT infrastructures.
"We're documenting everything we're doing throughout this process so we can share that with all of you who might have to go through the same thing down the road," said Hinshaw, adding that HP wants to make the move "completely seamless" for its customers.
Part of HP's approach to its split will be adopting the four-pronged strategy of IT transformation touted by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which includes adopting a hybrid mix of on premise systems, private and public cloud infrastructure.
However, Hinshaw gave no details of the cost of the split, despite it being reported it will cost HP $2bn.
Neither HP nor Hinshaw shed much light on the future of HP Inc, which, while not strictly enterprise-focused, still provides significant amounts of hardware to the company's customers. Many of these customers also tap into the services that will be offered under Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.
Author's view: HP clearly has a big task ahead with its split, but adopting its own strategy and services seems like a sound plan and adds credence to those it offers to its customers.
While HP Discover is an enterprise-focussed event, despite my enquiries, the company gave away little on the future of HP Inc, which will look after the PC and printers side of HP in its current incarnation.
This leaves lingering questions on the health and position of HP's hardware division, and promotes speculation as to whether Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will be HP's major future focus, leaving HP Inc to fade into the background.
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