HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) appointed Naresh Shankar as its CIO before the company finally broke off from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). This marked the peak of a remarkable career for Mr. Shankar. Before that, he had worked as an IT executive in the technology sector for several years. This include holding the role of CIO before the company was later acquired by HP. HP Inc’s separation from HPE marked the start of one of the biggest challenge which he would face throughout his career.
At the time of the breakup, many people believed that HP Inc would be weakened and won’t manage to stand on its own. Additionally, Meg Whitman, who had initially been the Chief Executive Officer of HP Inc became the Chairman of the company and would later take over at HPE as the CEO. HP Inc. would appoint Dion Weisler as its CEO. Against odds and expectations, the break up went on with very little issues and was very timely. Since then, HP Inc has flourished.
Since the break away, Shanker has shifted his attention to a big business involving digital transformation. The famous OEM which had been one of the pioneers in Silicon Valley started working on becoming a digital enterprise. Shanker noted that the company needed to reflected the wishes and aspirations of what was increasingly becoming a hyper connected economy and he set out to achieve exactly that.
Shanker says that after the separation, the company started working on ensuring that it gets the minimum requirements for both compliance and regulatory. He says at that time, the main objective was to fully work on and execute the separation and become an independent company within just one year. He admits that this was a big challenge and no major tech company had taken such a step.
As Shanker puts it, during the break up, HP predominantly focused its efforts on the printing business, 3D additive manufacturing business and the personal systems business. HPE took over HP Enterprise Services, HP Software and network storage solutions.
He admits that the major challenge of the separation was to separate the companies’ from the underlying solutions, the local area networks and the wide area networks which essentially make the fabrics of the application.