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Whitman's challenge: An inside view of HP

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factor10mm   9/30/2011 5:19:41 PM
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Take a look at the CEOs: Bill:MSEE Dave:MSEE John Young:BSEE Lew Platt:BSME/MBA Carly:BA Medieval History and Philosophy/MBA Mark:BA BusAd. Even Ned at Agilent, the $8B startup: BSEE/MSEE. HP rose to be the respected Silicon Valley powerhouse it was when engineers, who understood engineering and real risk, were at the helm. I joined HP in 1988, then got spun off with A. HP kept the name because it had name recognition in a more lucrative market (PCs and printers) than in test & measurement, the company's roots. Note, Carly was the first CEO hired from the 'outside,' too, as well as the first non-engineer.

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XPin   9/28/2011 10:05:41 PM
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I was a HW Design/Engineer Architect in HP's printer division for 10 yrs before falling into one of Mark Hurd's work force reduction cycles. I was privledged to have worked with some of the finest engineers I had ever crossed paths with. Many of them had even had the opportunity to shake Bill and Dave's hands as they regularly made the rounds. I was involved w/ many innovative products that we took to the point just prior to production release, but were then canceled because, from the engineer perspective, the bean-counters were only focused on the immediate return rather than the long term ROI. I see some products out on the market now from other companies that so closely resemble programs that were canceled at HP that the only thing I can say is that starting with Carly, the CEO and board lost their vision as to what the future could be if they trusted the vision and innovative engineers that they had. As an HW architect w/ HP I often went to ESC to look at the new technologies that were becoming available to see if they could be leveraged. Excitement for the new technology was often replaced w/ disappointment when I was told that these technologies and methodologies were to risky to invest in. Sadly, after talking with my colleagues that are still there, it hasn't changed since I left 2+ yrs ago.

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therealjg   9/26/2011 5:27:24 PM
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Among Whitman's challenges not yet mentioned: * Rampant political correctness in policy, promotion, hiring, firing. Sorry, but PC is not a strength when it comes to creating marvellous tech. Brilliant engineers are a handful to deal with, and no respecters of sacred cows - so they've been dealt out, in favor of political types. Smaaart. * Thoroughly demoralized workforce. Recent conversation with a psychiatrist: "Oh, you've escaped HP? Great! All my best customers come from there." * Aging workforce. Newest employee network: YEN. Stands for, "Young Employee Network." I was a young guy out of college in 1985, and still a young guy when I departed in 2005. * No resolve. HP's "whitespace" business development metrics, ca 2001: 1. Must be g.t. 1B$. 2. Must be low risk. 3. Must be achievable by a small team. 4. Must be profitable in 2 yrs. Hello? Any small team with that kind of opportunity would be calling a VC, not talking to HP Corporate.

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ReneCardenas   9/26/2011 1:11:22 PM
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I do not see what remains of HP as the swift and talented pool of engineers that once was, capable of challenging any Server, PC, Notebook, PDA OEM and out performing them. However, today the world is another more challenging world for HP bean-counters, with reduced profit margins their competition are eating thier lunch. I do not see even a sliver of a brigth future for them.

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Traces   9/26/2011 10:07:21 AM
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If you haven't been following the calculators closely, a short summary: 1. The high-water point of HP calculators is generally considered to be ~ the 48 or perhaps sooner, which was 20 years ago. 2. The 35 is a marked improvement from the complete crap they've been making lately (33, I'm talking to you), but it's still no 48. It's also sad that it's "retro" styled. It's as if they're saying that they believe the good stuff was in the past, too. 3. In short, even the calculator business derived vital cross-fertilization from the test equipment business, and has been treading water (at best) since.

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DrQuine   9/25/2011 5:06:52 PM
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I hope that HP can leave the headlines as a company in transition and return to their roots as an innovation giant. Bloomberg Business Week (Sept 12, 2011 page 42) reported that the HP 12c financial calculator is now 30 years old and is still only one of two calculators allowed on the CPA exam. That ongoing legacy illustrates the kind of innovation that HP used to be famous for.

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David Ashton   9/25/2011 9:15:21 AM
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HP spun off its instrument division (as Agilent) to concentrate on PCs. If they now spin off the PC business, what is going to be left? A great pity...with engineers in charge it was, as above "the best company Silicon Valley ever produced". With bean counters running it, it's gone nowhere but down, it seems.

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agk   9/25/2011 7:16:48 AM
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I feel that when HP had the instruments division combined with them they were doing well.After it was named as Agilent half the power is left out. ANy way now HP needs to view this in a commercial way more than that of technology based.Learn it from others by watching them.

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wilber_xbox   9/25/2011 3:57:47 AM
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maybe the lady luck smile for HP with Whitman. Even then she has to fix a mess in HP.

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Charles.Desassure   9/24/2011 9:11:13 AM
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Yes, I agree with everyone else; but I believe that this CEO will have the right stuff to bring HP back to the main playing field. Remember this posting, I wrote it first. There are many good reasons. But it is HP time.

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