HPE and a Kid Named Jack!

By Steven Fleischman


Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jumped over
A candlestick

I was cleaning off a shelf a few weeks back and came across a nursery story book that I used to read to my kids. Since the book held many memories of bedtime stories, I thumbed through the book and there was one of their favorites about this nimble kid that jumped over candlesticks. Of course, I wanted to know why anyone would jump over a candlestick! Could it be that it was the only source of fun? Well, it turns out that James Orchard Halliwell  first recorded this activity around 1815. Back then,  jumping candlesticks was a considered a form of good luck. I have to admit; I strongly agree that not landing on a burning stick is clearly a good thing!

Recently the rhyme has been going around and round in my head. You know what it’s like when you remember the words to a song and just can’t get them out of your head! Well, that’s me and “Jack be nimble.” And I guess you can quickly work out why! As HPE divests itself of non-core software and managed services, it’s all about making HPE more “nimble” so as to respond to the needs of our customer’s more quickly. According to Meg Whitman, HPE’s CEO, the changes will allow HPE to achieve “the vision of creating a faster-growing, higher-margin, stronger cash flow company well positioned for our customers and for the future”.  Meg’s states that "HPE will double down on the software capabilities that power and differentiate our infrastructure solutions and are critical in a cloud environment.”

Don’t miss out! Microsoft Ignite 2016

With Microsoft being HPE’s primary cloud partner, that means that I’m going to be pretty busy in my role as a Microsoft evangelist within HPE’s Corporate Strategic Alliances team. It also means that Microsoft Ignite 2016 (September 26–30, 2016, in Atlanta, GA) is going to be pretty special this year. I really hope you’ve already registered because full conference passes have been sold out for weeks. If you didn’t get around to it, don’t worry, you can still be part of the fun! Visit the Microsoft Ignite 2016 website and sign up to get email notification of all the key announcements. You can also join us online to view live streaming of the keynotes and select sessions. That means that never have to miss out!

Cloud innovation on your doorstep

Miss out on what, you may well ask. Next-generation innovation from HPE, Microsoft, and our partners that can mean the difference between getting ahead, just keeping up, or falling behind your competitors! Microsoft and HPE have bet on each other so you—our customer— don’t have to gamble on your IT. We’re continually innovating to help you increase your competitive differentiation and accelerate business growth by transforming your IT environment, leveraging new consumption models, and driving increased productivity.

And we’ve already made it easy for you to get started.  Microsoft Azure is enabled on every HPE server, allowing you to bring Azure services right into your datacenter within hours by utilizing HPE installation and startup services. It empowers your users with a self-service portal that allows them to choose how, where, and when they want to utilize cloud capabilities, while at the same time ensuring your IT retains full security and control to protect your business.

So be like Jack

When you couple enterprise cloud and mobility technologies from Microsoft with comprehensive planning and delivery services from HPE, it won’t take you long to get up and running. Microsoft and HPE engineers are busy collaborating to fast-track solution development and offer a complete portfolio of cohesive technologies, services, and apps that make it simpler and faster to take advantage of the latest innovation. In addition, over 4,000 HPE solution specialists have already been trained to design and deliver Azure Hybrid solutions, while over 2,000 Microsoft sales and technical resources have been trained on HPE hybrid cloud solution offerings, giving you the confidence you need to move into the future.

If cost is a concern, don’t worry. HPE is authorized to resell Microsoft Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, and Office 365 cloud solutions with consumption-based pricing for an end-to-end solution. It allows you to align costs to usage, shift CapEx to OpEx, and reallocate funds to new, innovative initiatives that you’ve been holding off. It also means just one stop to shop for all your cloud needs: infrastructure, expertise, and support.

Want to find out more?

During Microsoft Ignite 2016, you’ll have the opportunity to chat to the experts from HPE, Microsoft, and partners to find out more. You’ll also be able to meet and pick the brains of customers who are driving cloud innovation with HPE and Microsoft. To get the most out of the more than 1,300 sessions (with over 50 presented by HPE experts) and hundreds of exhibits. Don’t forget to log on to the Ignite website and use the schedule builder to create the right mix of sessions, demos, and other events that makes the most sense for your business. And to make sure you always know what’s happening and extend your network, don’t forget to download the Microsoft Ignite mobile app chock full of new features.

Don’t forget to drop in at Booth #1501 to find out how we can help you make your IT more efficient, more productive, and more secure with 50 in booth theater presentations, 14 demos, breakout sessions and HPE solutions in the Microsoft booth. Don’t forget to download the HPE Alliance Café to learn more about our joint solutions, our full HPE Ignite schedule, Discover London links and more! You can download it for free:


I look forward to meeting you in Atlanta!

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Steven Fleischman is a member of the HPE Corporate Strategic Alliances team as a Microsoft and SAP Evangelist. He has been at HPE for 10 years in various marketing, business development, and channel program roles working with Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. Steven attended Syracuse University and St. John’s University and has a BS in Marketing with a focus on International Marketing.

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