The company is starting a cloud-computing service that will let developers create applications for consumers and businesses using HP tools and that run on HP servers, Apotheker said at an event yesterday in San Francisco. HP also plans to put its WebOS mobile software onto a broader range of products, ramping up output to more than 100 million devices a year, he said."Everything that we do in the future will be delivered as a service," Apotheker said. "It's the first time HP is trying to put all of the elements of what it's doing together."
This would put HP in competition with Oracle and IBM in that area. Part of the plan is to make the cloud services attractive so that businesses then buy more HP machines.
I think if you ask any tech-related business what the future of their company is, 98% of them will say "the cloud". That doesn't mean they can all pull it off or even fully understand it. It's kind of like what "the internet" was 15 years ago: something very exciting, potentially very profitable, and pretty easy to screw up.