Big Blue's Near-Term Sales vs. Long-Term Strategy

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Eldredge
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Eldredge   10/21/2011 2:18:06 PM
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IBM has always been a very innovation company, with a pool of talented management and technical professionals. It will be interesting to watch how they and MicroSoft compete.

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FLYINGSCOT   10/22/2011 12:39:32 AM
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We have been so used to seeing Microsoft at the top of the cap pile that it is taking us a little time to accept Apple in the number one spot.  I am encouraged to hear Big Blue has not gone away and is indeed gaining in strength.  This is a credit to Big Blue management team and strategy. I wonder if MS is a spent force these days?

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tirlapur   10/22/2011 10:32:11 AM
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 I am encouraged to hear Big Blue has not gone away and is indeed gaining in strength.

@FLYINGSCOT, I totally agree with you. I wouldn't be surprised if IBM acquires the number one spot in the future as one is not sure about Apple's future performance after the demise of Steve Jobs.


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RE : Big Blue's Near-Term Sales vs. Long-Term Strategy
tirlapur   10/22/2011 10:24:54 AM
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Perhaps HP's strategy should be to take a look at IBM's best-practices and replicate them.

Jennifer, are you suggesting that HP should sell its PC business group? Intel's Q3 result has clearly shown that  PCs will for now continue to co-exist with tablets and other smaller-form computing devices rather than fade away as demand soar for competing products.

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Jennifer Baljko   10/25/2011 5:45:06 AM
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tirlapur Not necessarily saying HP should totally exit the PC business. Obviously PC, tablets, smartphones, and similar devices will live side-by-side for quite a while and companies need to position themselves to win where they can with the products they offer. But, undeniably, HP has lost it's edge because it's trying to be everything to all consumers, and changes in leadership direction hasn't steadied their course. Ideally, HP to redefine what its core market is, keep investing its best supply chain practices (which only a few years ago held a high caliber of importance), and step back and examine which markets make the most sense for tehm to play in and excel at . They've already started to do that by stopping their TouchPad production.

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Ms. Daisy   10/25/2011 9:32:36 PM
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Jennifer:

The facts stated is truly the direction HP needs to take. The addition to this should read - i-n-n-o-v-a-t-i-o-n!

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Himanshugupta   10/26/2011 7:50:00 AM
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I agree. I also agree with the article which summarize what HP needs in short: innovation and strong leadership. It might be a good start to follow what IBM did in 90's but HP needs to find its own path and that may not necessarily include getting away with low profit margin businesses. 

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Jennifer Baljko   10/25/2011 5:45:08 AM
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tirlapur Not necessarily saying HP should totally exit the PC business. Obviously PC, tablets, smartphones, and similar devices will live side-by-side for quite a while and companies need to position themselves to win where they can with the products they offer. But, undeniably, HP has lost it's edge because it's trying to be everything to all consumers, and changes in leadership direction hasn't steadied their course. Ideally, HP to redefine what its core market is, keep investing its best supply chain practices (which only a few years ago held a high caliber of importance), and step back and examine which markets make the most sense for tehm to play in and excel at . They've already started to do that by stopping their TouchPad production.

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jbond   10/24/2011 7:09:45 AM
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I think it is great news that IBM is doing so well. They took a gamble by exiting the PC business, and under great leadership it has paid off. By taking over Microsoft to become the number two company, their next company in sight is Apple. Apple does have a large lead in value, but also relies heavily on consumer driven products and innovation. If they were to falter any, IBM has a chance to step into the number one spot.



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