Combine the blinding pace of technology advances with the semiconductor chip storage, the global supply chain crisis, a never-ending barrage of security breaches and a record year for channel mergers and acquisitions and you have an idea of the challenges faced by the 2022 class of Top 100 Executives. Needless to say, it is the bold and decisive who are determined to go further and faster that dominate our annual list of the best and brightest in the technology world.

No one better exemplifies that drive to go further and faster than HPE President and CEO Antonio Neri. Over the last four years, Neri has transformed the legacy infrastructure product provider into an on- premises cloud services powerhouse that is going head-to-head against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

This year Neri delivered on his pledge made at the HPE Global Partner Summit three years ago to move HPE and its partners to the cloud consumption model. At the time, Neri told partners: “Three years from now, this company will become consumption-driven and everything we do—whether it is at the edge, the core, the cloud business—software or infrastructure and services will be available to you and to our customers as a service.”

Now that pledge—which at the time seemed like a pipe dream— is a reality. The edge-to-cloud GreenLake pay-per-use platform now has 65,000 customers and 120,000 users with 1 exabyte of data under management. GreenLake’s total contract value has more than doubled from $3.1 billion in 2019 to $7.1 billion in the most recent quarter.

Neri’s success bringing HPE and its partners into the consumption-based cloud services market has earned him the No. 1 Most Influential Executive on CRN ’s 2022 Top 100 Executives List.


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