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HP Software Universe Recap - The Show must go on!

I just returned from a week in Las Vegas attending HP Software Universe. It was time well spent due to the priceless face-to-face interaction and open dialog we had with our customers and non-customers (over 2,000 attendees).

I believe the attendees left the conference pleased with HP’s decision to proceed with the event in light of the economic downturn, while many of our competitors cancelled their events. HP could have easily pulled the plug but again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to our customers by proceeding full speed.

I like to thank the strong number of attendees who had been scrutinized by their finance teams for wanting to attend (In Las Vegas nonetheless). I like to think the large number of attendees cemented HP Software's position and strength in the market similar to the number of text votes received by contestants on American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, etc... Thank you to each of our customers and partners who attended! 

Many of the customers I spoke with also gave me the impression they felt our competitors are more focused on their bottom line than the customers’ bottom line. Every customer I spoke with wanted to know how HP can help them save money and position themselves for the upswing. They know that their choices will determine how their company will be positioned when the economy turns around.

Webinars and virtual tradeshows can only go so far to share critical information that customers require to make sound investment decisions. I for one am proud that HP executives made the decision to invest in our customers’ success. I believe this investment will help our customers get through the tough times and give them a competitive advantage to ride the wave when the tide turns.

IT is similar to HP Software’s decision to hold this event because in both cases doing nothing is not an option! Companies must innovate and invest in bad times to become the champion during good times.

HP’s customers have spoken - The show must go on. Thank you!

For Operations Center, Dennis Corning.

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