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HPE unscrambles its services eggs, calls the results 'Pointnext'

Who're you calling a Pointnext-er? Technology Services brand murdered

With Enterprise Services about to become a past problem for HPE, the business has rebranded the remaining consultancy unit, killing off the Technology Services tag in favour of Pointnext.

HPE last year decided to “spin” ES into CSC. From April, that combined entity will be called “DXC Technologies” and will get to do things like big outsourcing deals, such as running HPE's own IT.

HPE also retained some services capacity of its own, housed in the Tech Services unit, with 25,000 people on the payroll. They're all about to get new business cards though.

The vendor said that on the “services we think it is worth having completely on our own balance sheet” list are:

  • Optimising hybrid IT through the right mix of public and private cloud platforms
  • Gaining more insights from data and analytics
  • Connecting the Intelligent Edge
  • Modernising, migrating and developing forward thinking applications

Or in other words, implementing all the infrastructure, analytics, branch and/or distributed computing and application development that everyone insists is so hot right now. And which just about every other services organisation that The Register hears from also claims is the stuff they're really good at.

There's also a data centre monitoring and ops service and an IT-folks-to-do-support-as-a-service offering.

HPE also says it's got partners to help it, from the big – SAP – to players like Puppet that all the cool kids want to play with. It's far from unique in that, but nonetheless claims to be “the only company that can offer end-to-end technology and services from the core to the edge.”

That said, Technology Services Pointnext has been been a shrinking entity, declining seven per cent year-on-year in fiscal '16 ended 31 October to $7.16bn.

HPE has tried to enlist the support of more resellers to, well, resell those consultancy and professional services but to date has transacted half of the total sales via its own direct sales team.®

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