re: Will SMBs Suffer If HP Dumps PCs?
I gave up on HP a long time ago. Why? Because they gave up on themselves and, by extension, their customers. Their PC products are overpriced, prone to issues (both h/w and s/w but especially with software), and are not well supported when trouble inevitably arrives.
In essence, HP gives the channel no confidence when it comes to staking our business on a long term committment with them. If they bail on the PC business, what does that say about the chances of getting parts, s/w updates, and tech support going forward?
The future bet is on the Cloud. And, companies need to understand that the concept of verticle integration of their devices and services needs to be comprehensive in scope in order to be successful in the long term with this new model. That means devices covering a broad spectrum of applications (phones, tablets, PC's, Server, etc.) from the same company that play well with each other. That's why I think Microsoft has the right strategy. They recognize that a single vendor approach to integration between devices and services is more likely to be successful. As opposed to a person or business trying to piecemeal disparate components together into a cohesive solution. People are simply tired of fighting technology to make it play well together when all they want is something that "just works". Standards not withstanding, vendors just don't play nice with each other.
HP doesn't have all of that and are, in fact, waffling on what they do have instead of coming up with (and communicating) a solid road map to support this new paradigm.