Government // Mobile & Wireless
News
12/27/2012
03:58 PM
Jeff Bertolucci
Jeff Bertolucci
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Top 10 Tech Fails Of 2012

Sometimes technology disappoints. Here are some of the products, services and companies that let us down in 2012.
Previous
4 of 11
Next


A noteworthy tech fail often centers on a particular product or service, but Hewlett-Packard earned special recognition in 2012 for doing just about everything wrong. It admitted publicly in November that it had wildly overpaid for Autonomy, an enterprise software company that HP bought for $11.1 billion just over a year ago. Accusing Autonomy of cooking the books prior to the acquisition, HP took a charge of $8.8 billion after writing down the value of its pricey new software unit.

As if that wasn't enough, HP suffered a blow to its ego when Lenovo became the world's No. 1 PC maker in the 3rd quarter, according to Gartner. And HP has yet to gain a foothold in the mobile device market, despite several failed attempts to build smartphones and tablets that people actually want.

RECOMMENDED READING

Facebook's 2012 Highs And Lows

10 Year-End To-Do Items For IT Leaders

7 SMB Technology Predictions For 2013

InformationWeek 2013 U.S. IT Salary Survey

12 Gifts For The End Of The World

PR Gone Wild, 2012: 12 Hall Of Shamers

Social Enterprise 2013: Opportunities And Obstacles

9 Ways Hacktivists Shocked The World In 2012

Microsoft's Big Hits And Misses Of 2012

Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts

Previous
4 of 11
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Stephane Parent
50%
50%
Stephane Parent,
User Rank: Strategist
1/2/2013 | 10:57:54 PM
re: Top 10 Tech Fails Of 2012
I'm with you on that one, 3V
Third Voice
50%
50%
Third Voice,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/31/2012 | 9:46:20 PM
re: Top 10 Tech Fails Of 2012
iCloud could use some improvements; however, it works great synching email, calendar, etc. across many devices. Hardly fair to rank it as one of the top tech failures of 2012.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest September 24, 2014
Start improving branch office support by tapping public and private cloud resources to boost performance, increase worker productivity, and cut costs.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.