re: HP Announces Non-Decision On WebOS
The problem and the sorrow isn't what happened yesterday; it's what's been happening for months if not years. I'm sure that Messrs. Hewlett and Packard are spinning in their graves at a dizzying rate at the failure of nerve, imagination, and execution of the great company they founded. Let's not lay this on the new administration though-not yet at least.
HP bought Palm for quite a bit of money, articulated a vision that had real promise, executed it poorly and then didn't give it a fair chance to pan out before pulling the plug. In doing so they have devalued what had the potential to be a good acquisition for them or for someone else. At this point there are no options other than ugly ones. There's no good reason for Ms. Whitman to rush her fences.
I'm guessing that the cause of this debacle was that not all of mgmt were truly on the same page at the time they made the acquisition or afterwards. That meant that there was no agreed upon set of goals, milestones, benchmarks, no definition of what would constitute success or failure. That's what leads to panic and panic is what drove Apotheker's ludicrous decision to retreat before the battle started.
I think that Meg Whitman is absolutely right to take the time to get everyone aligned so that they make a decision that is best for all. Who knows whether they will seek to sniff out potential buyers in the meantime? That said though they do need to make haste slowly. As WebOS develoeprs leave, which will be inevitable, that will only hurt the value of the technology whether it's sold or retained. Make haste slowly is the best we can hope for.