HP can't afford to buy every one of our Desirable Dozen, but in the post-Mark Hurd era, the world's largest computer maker needs to consider acquiring more than a few of these companies. Here's who -- and why.
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Very focused on CIO-related issues but also strong in business strategy for particular industries, Capgemini could provide HP with some of the high-level customer-facing insights that would enable the company to more effectively package and deliver its massive array of products and technologies. With a solid presence in the U.S. but even stronger brand recognition abroad, Capgemini and its global revenue profile would map nicely to that of HP, which generates about 63% of its revenue outside the U.S.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.