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HP CEO Meg Whitman at Nth Symposium

Meg at Nth 1.jpgI want to take a break from our news this past week to bring you Meg Whitman's keynote from Nth Symposium a couple of weeks ago.  As a long time HP employee, Meg is by far the most inspiring CEO I have ever seen at HP.  And I've seen more than a few (in fact 7 in my 30 years). 


I'm a bit embarrassed to say I actually haven't seen an entire keynote that she's given until this one.  At HP Discover, I've generally had so much going on that I missed our keynotes.  I watched some of it on a big screen from the Blogger Lounge in Vegas - the keynote that Kevin Bacon kicked off - but Meg's keynote at Nth is the first time I've seen her at an event.


I talked to Connect CMO Nina Buik after Meg's keynote.  In her role at Connect - the independent HP users group - Nina gets to go to many events and in fact told me she's probably seen most of Meg's keynotes.  Nina told me it was the best keynote Meg has given. 


The new style of IT

Meg focused on the big trends and HP's vision for the future - the new style of IT.  I loved that as she set up the conversation she talked about HP 3PAR and the software-defined datacenter.  Joe Kovar from Computer Reseller News has a very good summary of her keynote.   I personally loved hearing Meg say, "Invention and innovation are the core values of HP and they are in our DNA.... and it's very hard to kill founder DNA."  She also had a great tidbit of information when she said, "There's been more information created in the last 12 hours than from the beginning of time until 2003."   Wow! 


Here's the video of Meg's keynote that my friends at Nth Generation  captured.

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