Its hard to understand for me why HP is leaving (thinking of leaving) PC business even though 1/3 of its revenue is from this business. I do understand that the competition is tough but PC/smartphone market is on boom. HP can realign its startegy without PC business exit.
I always heard leaders talking about synergy but this is the first time I hear opposite. I do not understand how companies like HP can operate without knowing where they want to go in the next 5 years.This is not definitely expected from leaders of such a huge organizations. But anyways it looks like we are going to see more and more interesting things in the near future for HP.
You are right, Bolaji, the language used by HP's CEO (potential nontransaction, dis-synergies) is not just confusing (as is HP's strategy) but just this side of laughable. The market is long past the day when terms such as "involuntary attrition" work with employees (it's a layoff, stupid) or market watchers.
HP has said it will be considering exiting the PC business, spinning off its PC unit and doing some kind of play in the software and systems space. In fact, if you look at what seems the Plan of the Day, it seems as if HP wants to be Oracle; software-intensive, enterprise-focused. In their spring quarter, HP was hurt by the soft consumer PC market where Dell did better. Now with Dell taking an outlook hit and HP following suit, there was little the company could do except to admit that PCs were not now, nor ever in the future, what they used to be.
HP has been struggling as many other companies in this difficult time. By dropping PCs and WebOS-based phones and the TouchPad tablet, HP will be concentrating on faster-growing technologies. They certainly have good reason for investing $11.7 billion to buy British software maker Autonomy Corp. But the future will tell if this was a good decision.
It's very easy to understand why HP is spinning off its computer product line. It wants to follow suit as IBM did in the 90s when it decided to realign the vision. True. the Technology consulting and hosting services are gaining traction in the market place because it doesn't require R&D, manufacturing or keeping inventory. However, I think that HP may have a more harder time because their brand mostly came from printers and computers. They just started to get into to hot areas like Cloud computing or IT consulting. So it will be some time before they can re-image themselves.
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