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HP Milestones: A Look Back, As Tech Giant Splits In Two

HP has officially split into two companies. The breakup marks perhaps the biggest milestone in the company's storied history. Here's a look back at the corporate hits and misses that brought the company to where it is today.
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HP Founded In Garage: 1939
Hewlett-Packard was founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard on Jan. 1, 1939. Like some other famous technology giants in Silicon Valley, it got its start in a garage.
The company went public in 1957.
(Image: HP History Timeline via HP)

HP Founded In Garage: 1939

Hewlett-Packard was founded by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard on Jan. 1, 1939. Like some other famous technology giants in Silicon Valley, it got its start in a garage.

The company went public in 1957.

(Image: HP History Timeline via HP)

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Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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11/7/2015 | 1:34:53 AM
Re: no software, please
Printer is definitely needed. But I think another concern is profit margin - the stakeholder always want to see more profiting business and hot area: cloud, internet, IoT...
mejiac
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mejiac,
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11/6/2015 | 12:22:48 PM
Re: no software, please
@soozgy,

To further add to your comment, I read this article about HP and Nokia comes to my mind. What arguable led to there fall was when they tried to push there own OS, versus simply adopting an existing one like Samsung, Sony and so many others have.

Even when they partnered with Windows, it was too little too late (granted, the windows mobile OS didn't obtained the traction they hoped for).

So with HP, hopefully they'll seek ventures and partnerships to strenghten there position, versus tryign to go there own path (unless they can affort it, which very few companies can)
mejiac
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mejiac,
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11/6/2015 | 12:19:56 PM
Re: no software, please
@soozyg,

Very true, specially from SaaS is now what most enterprises are looking for in efforts to be have more lean operations.

I can't help to thinkg that the companies mentioned in the article are playing catch-up versus actually leading the industry. But this is what happens when you fall asleep when new trends show up and you don't have business strategies in place to be able to quickly adapt to the changing tides
soozyg
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11/6/2015 | 11:48:37 AM
Re: no software, please
@Mejiac,

I hear your optimism, but unless they unveil some game-changing phenomenon or person,  I think HP entering the software world is akin to Gerber making adult food.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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11/6/2015 | 11:16:59 AM
Re: no software, please
@sooryg,

Although I do agree that HP should stick with the business strategy that still works for them, you can't blame them from trying. It's highly likely that the printing business has evolved as well as everything else, and might not be as profitable as it was once before (I used to work for a company that took the initiative to only have one printer with limited access.... they urged employees to be as green as possible, utiizing tablets more).

Hopefully HP has learned from its mistakes and from others as well and is tryign to be lean and change it's business model geared towards adapted to environment changes.

I think only time will tell
soozyg
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11/5/2015 | 11:51:39 AM
no software, please
With two big write-downs, shouldn't HP stick to it's printer business? People will always need printers, regardless of what's happening with the cloud. HP history shows they don't do as well in the IT world.
soozyg
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11/5/2015 | 11:42:18 AM
Apollo computer
You can imagine the head-banging that went on from frustration at trying to get this machine to do something that it either couldn't do or was too slow.....
soozyg
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11/5/2015 | 11:38:18 AM
being vague
"The winners in today's market will be those who apply the power of technology to fuel the power of ideas...."

As a PR professional I find this statement odd. It's obvious and simple. It's akin to saying "we believe popsicles are cool and refreshing and provide a great summer treat." Well, yes, and again, why are you different?
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