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HP's Identity Crisis Continues
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BANDERSON606
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BANDERSON606,
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11/28/2012 | 10:15:02 PM
re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
Art, your article is right on. Size doesn't matter, focus does. As an HP consumer customer but a competitor in the b2b space, they are just all over the place. The portfolio company model is too cumbersome in this fast paced high tech industry. LOL on your comment on Ray Lane...I forgot he has been in charge through most of this!
melgross
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melgross,
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11/23/2012 | 3:56:50 PM
re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
I completely agree with this article. It's baffling!
lonnie17
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lonnie17,
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11/22/2012 | 8:25:38 PM
re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
I remember when Meg Whitman tried an abortive run for the Governorship of California. She ran like a CEO. She said nothing substantive about what she would do. And when little bothersome details surfaced-- like the nannygate -- she just lied on reflex.

Not to say that Politicians are any better or worse or different-- but with Meg, it felt to me like the signature of what I call the "Glossy Mag CEO". All the attention from the Business Press has become the center of it all-- and that running a Company was just a matter of dropping blurbs and positive News Spin. But on the INSIDE of a Company, where being a Good Executive Manager Counts, no-one below you can trust what you say, because the Glossy Mag CEO doesn't really concern themselves with the goings on below the Suites except when they interfere with their Board Room spin. Companies with CEO's like this inevitable run into the asphalt with every other department running on self-interest and self-preservation due to the lack of true insightful guidance from above.

Suffice t say-- the last I head of Meg, was sometime during the past election, when Romney (another Glossy Mag CEO, IMO) was making noises about the Oval Office, I read a blurb from Whitman to the HP Staffers that (paraphrasing) '...rest assured that even if there was a Call from Washington for me to serve, I will remain committed to HP...' Or something to that effect....

I remember that blurb specifically because something sat up in me and said simply: "She's Lying."

So, like I said-- she's a Glossy Mag CEO-- forever chasing full page interviews and Podcasts.

I say, Dump her. You can't trust her. HP can't trust her. HP's Partners can't trust her. HP could do better to return to the old style ENGINEER CEO's. THOSE were the CEO's that produced the old HP hardware that some of us could swear by.
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11/21/2012 | 8:04:12 PM
re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
Meg Whitman said yesterday in an interview on American Public Media's Marketplace radio show that customers want HP to succeed as an alternative to IBM, Oracle, Lexmark, and Dell. I tried posting the link here but it needs moderator approval. Look up the interview and listen around the 9 minute mark. This part isn't included in the partial show transcript.

And she clearly blames Deloitte but wouldn't use the word "fraud."
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Number 6,
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11/21/2012 | 7:49:14 PM
re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
Meg's comment yesterday on APM's Marketplace is that customers want to have alternatives to IBM, Oracle, Lexmark, and Dell and that's what HP is. Very interesting interiew. That part is around the 9 minute mark.

http://www.marketplace.org/top...
ArtWittmann
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11/21/2012 | 4:43:50 PM
re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
You'd expect that - HP's worldwide presence would make a reasonable thing to do. But it doesn't appear to be what's happening. If HP was serious about such a move it would have stuck with selling the PC group, and gotten rid of printing a few years later. As it stands, HP management seems to be in a holding pattern. They don't have the people or the product line to go after IBM in professional services - and their hosting services business isn't performing well. It's a tough place to be.
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PMcDougall,
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11/21/2012 | 4:13:06 PM
re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
I would expect HP to move more in the direction of IBM than Dell. Going to get tougher and tougher to make money off PC hardware or even tablets.


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