Hewlett Packard – Agilent – Keysight

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard (HP) was an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA. HP developed and provided a wide variety of hardware components as well as software and related services to consumers, small and medium-sized businesses and large enterprises including government customers and customers in and health and education sectors.

The company was founded in 1939 in a garage in Palo Alto California, USA by William Redington Hewlett and David Packard, two Stanford graduates.

In November 2015 the company spun off its enterprise products and services business. Hewlett Packard retained the PC and Printer businesses and renamed in HP, Inc.

Skybrokers offers for more the 10 years Hewlett Packard (HP) new and used Test- and Measure Equipment. We have supported Teleport clients as well as Satellite Service providers with various Spectrum Analyzers such as the HP-8560 and HP-8562 and the HP-8594E Compact Spectrum Analyzers. These are now used with the Earth Station Antennas that our professional team has installed.

About Hewlett Packard

The Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) was an American global information technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It developed and provided a wide variety of hardware components as well as software and related services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB’s) and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.

The company got its first big contract in 1938, providing test and measurement instruments for production of Walt Disney’s hugely successful animated film Fantasia. This success led Hewlett and Packard to formally establish their Hewlett-Packard company in 1939.

HP was long celebrated for its engineering know-how and laid-back corporate culture. It made hefty profits, as it grew into a multinational giant that sold a wide range of computer gear and commercial tech services.

HP was an early pioneer of what became the model for Silicon Valley startups and was world’s leading PC manufacturer from 2007 to Q2 2013, after which Lenovo remained ranked ahead of HP. It specialized in developing and manufacturing computing, data storage, and networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. Major product lines included personal computing devices, enterprise and industry standard servers, related storage devices, networking products, software and a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. HP marketed its products to households, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer-electronics and office-supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. HP also had services and consulting business around its products and partner products.

In 1999 HP spun-off its electronic and bio-analytical measurement instruments as Agilent Technologies in an effort to streamline the business operations. In the spinoff, the test and measurement organization started with about 43,000 employees, more than 90 of HP’s 600 facilities in 130 countries and revenue of about 8 billion USD. The Agilent spin-off was accompanied by an initial public offering (IPO) which raised 2.1 billion USD, setting a record at the time.

In 2002 HP acquired Compaq in one of the largest deals in technology history, 25 billion USD and would merge two of the biggest names in computers, printers and computer servers, and would have total revenue only slightly less than that of IBM, the largest computer company.

In 2008 the company acquired Electronic Data System (EDS), a USA based information technology company. The combination of HP and EDS would create a leading force in global IT services.In that same year in November, HP announced the acquisition of 3Com, with the deal closing in 2010.

On April 28th, 2010, HP announced the buyout of smartphone provider, Palm, Inc. for 1.2 billion USD.

In that same year, on September 2nd, HP won its bidding war for 3PAR with a 33 USD a share offer (2.07 billion USD), which Dell declined to match.

After struggling to keep pace with recent trends like the rise of smartphones and cloud computing. HP’s board decided in 2015 to create two smaller companies, each with a narrower focus;

HP has made more then 116 acquisitions since 1986. Below we give you a summary of major acquisitions and other milestones.

Key Dates:

1939: Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard establish HP in a small one-car garage.
1958: HP’s first acquisition was the F.L. Moseley Plotter Company, which was the predecessor to its printer business today.
1989: HP acquired Apollo Computer and became the largest supplier of computer networks.
1995: HP acquired Convex Computer, a company that developed, manufactured and marketed vector (mini)supercomputers for small-to- medium-sized businesses.
1996: David Packard died on March 26th.
1997: HP acquired Netherlands based PROLIN, an Information Technology company.
1999: HP spun off its measurement, chemical and medical business into independent Agilent Technologies company.
2001: HP acquired Comdisco, a US based Information Technology company.
2001: William Reddington Hewlett died on January 12th.
2002: HP largest acquisition was the purchase of Compaq, a US based personal computer manufacturer. The deal was closed for 25 billion USD.
2003: HP acquired Procter & Gamble IT, a US based Information Technology company and acquired Ericsson IT, a Swedish based Information Technology company.
2008: HP acquires information technology company Electronic Data Systems (EDS).
2009: HP acquired 3Com, a US based computer networking company.
2010: HP acquires smartphone provider Palm, Inc. for 1.2 billion USD.
2010: HP won the ‘bidding war’ from Dell and acquired 3PAR.
2014: Agilent’s Test & Measurement equipment division changed its name into Keysight Technologies, Inc.
2015: The board of Hewlett Packard Company decides to create two smaller companies: HP, Inc. selling PC’s and Hewlett Packard Enterprise selling Commercial Computer Systems, Software and Technical Services.

Agilent Technologies vs Keysight Technologies

Agilent Technologies spun off from Hewlett-Packard Company in 1999 as part of a corporate realignment that created two separate companies.

Agilent has continued to support the values that have made Packard and Hewlett’s company a success: dedication to innovation; trust, respect, and teamwork; and uncompromising integrity. Added to these are speed, focus, and accountability to meet customer needs and create a culture of performance that draws on the full range of people’s skills and aspirations.

Agilent Technologies Inc. became the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,600 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of 6.8 billion USD in fiscal 2013. On August 1st, 2014, the part of Agilent Technologies that makes test and measurement gear changed its name to Keysight Technologies, Inc. and separated itself financially from the part that was HP Labs. That part will continue to be called Agilent Labs, and will continue to do research in life sciences, micro-electromechanical machines, and nanotechnology.

In 2014 Agilent completes the spinoff of its former electronic measurement business and renames in Keysight Technologies. Keysight begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KEYS.

As of 2017, Agilent Technologies is mainly held by institutional investors: T. Rowe Price, BlackRock, Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., The Vanguard Group, State Street Corporation, and others.

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