New HP boss eyes growth

The new boss of HP Middle East is pledging to expand the company’s presence throughout the region by focusing on the vendor’s ability to produce innovative technologies.

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New HP boss eyes growth Eyad Shihabi: The new regional HP boss is excited by the breadth of the company’s product and service offering.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 18, 2010

The new boss of HP Middle East is pledging to expand the company’s presence throughout the region by focusing on the vendor’s ability to produce innovative technologies.

Eyad Shihabi, who took up the post of Managing Director and Enterprise Business Lead earlier this month, cites the company’s e-printing solutions and converged infrastructure offering as examples of areas where the vendor is leading the market.

“I am very excited by the breadth of HP’s offering. It is an end-to-end portfolio that extends from desktop PCs and servers to converged infrastructure to address today’s business challenges,” says Shihabi. “There is a focus on innovation, which is key for us.”

One aspect of the company’s portfolio that Shihabi keen to play up its cloud solutions, be it private or public. He points to this as an area where the need for innovation rings loud. “Customers want to reduce their costs while increasing productivity, and you can do this by providing everything as a service when it comes to the cloud,” he explains.

As well as highlighting HP’s expansive range of technologies, Shihabi’s immediate mission is to ensure HP grows its business in the Middle East. It has just opened a centre of excellence in Jordan, which he says will be followed by investments in other markets throughout the Gulf and Levant, including Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

“We will be expanding our office space, hiring more employees and developing programmes with governments, which we will announce when we can. The challenge for us is to expand as fast as we can.”

Given he has just joined the company, Shihabi views the show as an ideal platform to meet with channel partners and customers, as well as take stock of market trends. On Tuesday, HP is hosting a special awards night to honour its top-performing resellers and retailers from around the globe.

2403 days ago
Daniel

I had the unpleasant experience of being on the brink of fire due the battery charger HP Pavilion Notebook dv7 2030ea.
I created this account because the people from HP were not interested in contacting me to elucidate what was going on.
Another reason - the most important one - is that you leave your home and forget the charger plugged in. It could simply catch fire like it happened to me.
You may sleep and you have no idea when you'll be on fire in your own house or in another place
.
The Attitude of HP Customer Service is of absolutely INDIFFERENCE.
Regardless, indifference and unconscious.

HP took the money for the product and WHAT HAVE I GOT?
NO quality PRODUCT
NO quality SERVICE
NO quality CUSTOMER Care.
THE RISK of burning my house.

HP is lighting your house. This is HP today! They are too busy in buying luxury boats, spending money and being involved in sexual scandals.

I WILL NEVER BUY SOMETHING ELSE FROM HP.

2489 days ago
RAM RAO

A delighted customer

I am very much happy to have the HP laptop since 4 years
I am suing rough and tough, still its working, even my kids
pour water on the keyboard. I am surprised its working. I never given for repair. this model is Hp Pavilion. I congrat
the new ceo shilabi on focusing on retail. I also have one
suggestion please focus on customer service also. as they are the real growth for your company. best regards
rao , vmcs@eim.ae

2491 days ago
Frank Trout

With the growing "dependence" and emotionally bonded relationship between the user and its "PC" no matter its form factor, the future of consumer computing lies in the hands of Apple, Lenovo and may be Toshiba because the latter(s) manufacture their own PCs (and i mean by that their own laptops - or at least oversees its manufacturing). It is just a question of time before the laptops will take over the desktops, meaning that the HP's, Dells etc... are geared to sell only laptops in the corporate sector as part of a corporate agreement.

In a decade or so, the HP's and others will have to focus exclusively on the corporate segments and they better get prepared to fight with IBM.

I cannot agree more, HP laptops are cheap in every aspect, look, design, material and above all in their ability to inspire reliability, let alone the design.

Try to put an HP a Lenovo and a MacBook side by side and just follow your gut feeling as a start.

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