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HP was not immediately available for comment, so we turned to Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to discuss HP's move into the BYOD space. He told us BYOD -- bring your own device -- is one of the hottest trends in the market. But he wonders if HP is offering too little, too late to compete with the players that have already introduced mobile solutions.
"People do look to HP for solutions. They are one of the comprehensive solutions providers out there," Kerravala said. "But I would have thought this was something they could have gotten out in front of a little earlier. Everyone has jumped on this trend already. Considering the portfolio of products HP has, I would have liked to have seen them lead the market, not follow, which is kind of what I feel they are doing here."
When Kerravala looked at the announcement, he said it appeared somewhat like HP was "cobbling together stuff" rather than launching a well thought out, architected solution for the mobile space.
"Obviously it's better if you have a solution than not have one," he said. "I thought this was a little me-too. But obviously the SMB market is very broad and very diverse, and considering the opportunities in the enterprise space, this is a good place for HP to start."