"And in order to make that happen, we all believe, and HP has a long-standing commitment to that, that software is sort of the glue to make that happen. Software is how we differentiate on our industry-standard platform. Software is how we can make sure that the various parts of our technology actually fit well together.
"It's not only software though. Also higher value-added services are increasingly an important element and an important component in the strategy as well. So you should see us working on all of these elements."
He was then asked why type of software HP will invest in: "You know, HP has such a diversified mix of businesses and products and services that I believe that we are uniquely positioned to be a strong player in every part of the stack."
Pretty bland stuff, to be sure—after all, Apotheker's only been on the job for several weeks and the company has said he's been traveling the world to meet with customers and employees. But one person very close to HP had some things to say about Apotheker and HP that were anything but bland—and here's a choice example from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison:
"I'm speechless," [Ellison] wrote in an email to the Wall Street Journal. "HP had several good internal candidates…but instead they pick a guy who was recently fired because he did such a bad job of running SAP."
Well, now everyone will be watching to see what kind of job Apotheker does in running HP in 2011.
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