Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) CEO Antonio Neri recently shared the company’s ambitious goals and strategies during the Securities Analyst Meeting held at the New York Stock Exchange. HPE is undergoing a significant transformation aimed at increasing its long-term profitability and market presence.
Shift Towards Higher-Growth, Higher-Margin Businesses
One of the core strategies unveiled by HPE is its shift towards higher-growth, higher-margin businesses. The company aims to strategically realign its portfolio to enhance long-term profitability potential.
Key Growth Segments: Intelligent Edge, HPC & AI, and Hybrid Cloud
HPE is banking on its largest growth businesses, including the Intelligent Edge, High-Performance Computing (HPC) & Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the upcoming Hybrid Cloud segment, which are anticipated to collectively contribute to over 50 percent of the company’s total segment revenue by fiscal year 2026. This strategic focus on these areas is intended to drive recurring revenue and boost profit margins.
HPE envisions a significant expansion of its total addressable market, with an expected increase of nearly $100 billion over a four-year period, reaching more than $340 billion. This growth is underpinned by the expanding market in AI.
Aligning with Market Trends: Edge, Hybrid Cloud, and AI
Antonio Neri, HPE’s CEO, emphasized that the company’s strategy is well-aligned with major market trends in edge computing, hybrid cloud solutions, and artificial intelligence. These trends present opportunities for profitable market expansion that is expected to fuel HPE’s growth.
Intelligent Edge Segment
HPE’s Intelligent Edge segment has become a pivotal part of the company’s portfolio. HPE has invested over $6 billion in the HPE Aruba Networking business since Antonio Neri assumed the role of CEO in 2018. The segment continues to expand its offerings in security, private 5G, and data-center networking. HPE is targeting $5 billion in annual business from the Intelligent Edge segment with the highest profitability among HPE’s business segments in its fiscal year 2023.
Hybrid Cloud Segment
Commencing on November 1, 2023, HPE’s Hybrid Cloud segment aims to streamline operations and improve efficiencies by consolidating all Storage and Compute as-a-Service offerings, including HPE GreenLake Private Cloud and Software solutions. This simplified operating model will provide a superior, cloud-native experience for HPE’s customers and partners.
HPE GreenLake, a crucial part of this segment, is contributing to expanding gross margins, with software and services comprising nearly 70 percent of the Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) mix by the end of fiscal year 2023’s third quarter. HPE aspires to become the world’s leading provider of hybrid cloud solutions as HPE GreenLake accelerates its growth momentum.
AI: A Fundamental Growth Driver
HPE is witnessing a substantial shift in demand for Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, with customers recognizing the transformative potential of AI in business. The company is strategically targeting three key areas within the AI landscape: supercomputing, AI infrastructure, and AI platform software.
HPE provided a glimpse into its long-term financial model for fiscal year 2024 through fiscal year 2026. The company envisions revenue growth of 2 percent to 4 percent in constant currency and anticipates a compounded annual growth rate for annualized revenue run-rate of 35 percent to 45 percent. In the shorter term, HPE forecasts revenue to grow by 4 percent to 6 percent in constant currency for fiscal year 2023 and 2 percent to 4 percent in fiscal year 2024.
HPE’s strategic focus on these growth areas reflects its commitment to innovation and market leadership in an evolving technology landscape. The company is poised to capitalize on emerging opportunities and deliver significant value to its stakeholders.