Why I Came to HP Cloud

Those who know or follow me (@seattledawson) understand that I am not one to ever give a blatant product pitch, and I tend to focus more on industry themes, technological trends and customer challenges.  And in my new role as VP of product marketing and cloud evangelist for HP Public Cloud, I plan to continue to analyze and talk about what I see happening in the market and what I find exciting about technology developments. 

But for my first blog as an HP employee, I felt I needed to depart from my agnostic approach and answer the question I have been repeatedly asked for the past few weeks:  why did you join HP?

At a high level, I came to HP because of the approach HP is taking with the cloud and how this opportunity was really a culmination of everything I’ve been doing in the industry.  The fact that HP chose to take the open approach to its platform, leveraging OpenStack®, was a key factor in my decision.  It especially resonated with me after spending the last four years learning more about the Hadoop ecosystem, open source approaches to distributed and decentralized systems, and the power of enabling customers to experience the public cloud as more than a black box but instead have access to an open, interoperable architecture and community.

Added to that is the broad foundation beyond the cloud of HP technologies, products and experience, which spans servers, storage systems, networking equipment, software and professional services.  Before talking with HP, I honestly had no idea of the breadth and depth of HP products and solutions or the fact that HP is #2 in the networking market, remains #1 in the printer market, is a leader in professional services, and is the largest IT company in the world.  HP is also being true to its founding DNA around innovation, launching several exciting and innovative new laptops, tablets, other mobile devices and printers. 

Plus, our customers love HP.  I’ve worked for other big companies that customers tolerate at best, but at HP, our customers not only want us to succeed but to win. And the company really understands the enterprise.  This vast portfolio and customer base combined with our ability to deliver private, public and managed cloud environments is why we will win in this market. 

Also, the leadership and people are impressive.  Meg inspired me before I joined HP, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her to build this business to the next level.  She is genuine, strategic and driven.  I understand HP has had its challenges the last few years with leadership turnover, but the current leadership team is strong, and there is a shared belief that we can win.  I love the people I work with and am blessed to have an incredible team!

I’ve spent the last five years evangelizing and working with IT and business leaders to understand and figure out how to deploy and manage cloud computing and big data solutions.  Now, with HP, I have this rich platform and ecosystem of people, products and partners behind me that can deliver solutions to help companies succeed in the cloud. 

Margaret Dawson and the other Top 10 Women in Cloud

It was great this week to represent HP at the Cloud Connect show, where at the end of my keynote presentation I told the audience why I came to HP.  I also was excited this week to be recognized by the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) as one of the top 10 women in cloud.  I am proud to be associated with this non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging women and men to embrace technology careers, advancing the careers of women in tech around the world, and evangelizing cloud computing.