The company is engaged in the provision of various products, technologies, solutions and services to individual consumers, small and medium-sized companies as well as large enterprises. It was founded in 1939 by William (Bill) Hewlett and David (Dave) Packard. The registered headquarters of the company is located in Palo Alto, United States of America.The company is the largest information technology company in the world. It operates in seven business segments: Enterprise Storage and Servers, which provides industry standard servers including primary entry level and mid-range proliant servers that run the windows, linux and novell operating systems; HP Services, which provides a portfolio of multi vendor IT services including consulting and integration services as well as industry specific solutions to consumers; Software, which provides management software solutions that allow the enterprise customers to manage its IT services and business processes under the HP OpenView brand; Personal System Group, which provides a variety of personal computers (HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and VoodooPC), handheld computing devices including iPAQ Pocket PC, workstations, calculators, accessories, and other related software services; Imaging and Printing Group, which provides printing and scanning devices as well as imaging solutions (Inkjet and LaserJet printers, Indigo digital press, LightScribe optical recording technology, HP Photosmart digital cameras, and HP OfficeJet multifunction printer); HP Financial Services, which offers financial asset management services as well as leasing, financing, utility programs and asset recovery services; and Corporate Investments.
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