How will Hewlett-Packard's enterprise software stack up against competitors?

By Chris Lau for Kapitall.

Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are tearing upwards. Since bottoming in the low $20’s last October, the stock hit a high of $35 before pulling back recently to $33.91. While concurrently making strategic moves to strengthen its PC business, HP is settling its legal battles to lower uncertainty for the company.

HP reportedly settled shareholder suits related to its expensive acquisition of Autonomy. When HP bought Autonomy, it paid $11.1 billion, only to write down nearly $9 billion. HP, along with the shareholder attorneys, will now go after Autonomy executives, notably former CEO Mike Lynch.

Autonomy still strategic

Though the sale price HP agreed to for Autonomy was excessive, enterprise software in the Big Data space offers substantial growth in the next decade. One need only look at Tableau Software (DATA) and Salesforce.com (CRM) to appreciate how important analytics and cloud software are in the enterprise software space.

Tibco Software (TIBX) is struggling to boost sales for Spotfire, and so are its shares. IBM (IBM) is also developing Watson software as an enterprise solution.

Conclusion

HP has yet to report stellar growth for Autonomy software. Still, it is clear that enterprise management solutions for IT, legal and compliance, and marketing divisions offer investors potentially good returns over the next few years.

With the way HP shares moved up in the last year, investors are already betting HP’s enterprise growth will succeed.

Disclosure: Author holds a position in Tibco Software.

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1. Salesforce.com ( CRM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides customer and collaboration relationship management (CRM) services to various businesses and industries worldwide. Market cap at $38.38B, most recent closing price at $63.91.

 

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