Global CIO: Burying Mark Hurd: Hewlett-Packard And Its Future - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Cloud // Cloud Storage
Commentary
8/7/2010
01:36 PM
Bob Evans
Bob Evans
Commentary
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
[Dark Reading Crash Course] Finding & Fixing Application Security Vulnerabilitie
Sep 14, 2017
Hear from a top applications security expert as he discusses key practices for scanning and securi ...Read More>>

Global CIO: Burying Mark Hurd: Hewlett-Packard And Its Future

After five years of frosty technocratic rule, HP needs a fiery and charismatic leader who can devise and deliver a compelling vision worthy of the world's largest IT company.

Before we dig in to Hewlett-Packard's pressing challenges and its enormous opportunities, here's a quick thought on the individual who's put HP in the blazing global spotlight it would much rather have avoided. (For a provocative opinion on whether Hurd should have been forced out, check out my colleague Alex Wolfe's In Cutting Off Hurd, Is HP Spiting Its Face?.)

It's easy—and certainly not inappropriate—to wonder what in the hell type of madness drove Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd to wallow in the various types of sordid behavior that led to his humiliating resignation last week.

When I heard about it, two things popped immediately into my head: A guy who made over $27 million last year destroyed his career and possibly his family by fudging expense reports?!? And then Shakespeare's immortal and all too accurate summation of the human condition: "Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

But since each of us has plenty of our own faults to deal with, the less said here about Hurd's personal demons, the better—except to wish his wife and family the strength and grace they'll need to overcome this excruciating ordeal.

Rather, let's explore the urgent questions swirling around HP at the beginning of what will certainly become a new era for a proud but jolted company that's experienced a blend of successes and incompletes during its former CEO's 5-year reign.

Framing those questions is my belief that HP—even without last week's shocking resignation—has reached a point in its development requiring a significantly different type of leadership than what the former CEO provided since taking over from Carly Fiorina in 2005.

Global CIO
Global CIOs: A Site Just For You
Visit InformationWeek's Global CIO -- our new online community and information resource for CIOs operating in the global economy.

Give the former CEO his due: he hammered into HP unprecedented levels of operational and financial discipline, reinvigorated the company's brand and future prospects with the acquisitions of EDS and Mercury, and substantially broadened its addressable market with the recent acquisitions of Palm and 3Com.

(For more analysis and insight on HP's strategy and Hurd, please check out our extensive "Recommended Reading" list at the end of this column.)

But in pulling together those building blocks without also creating the final blueprint for the proposed superstructure, the former CEO revealed the #1 threat HP faces:

Previous
1 of 3
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
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.
Flash Poll