Sad, Sad, Sad! Great company with not so great leadership lately! Fiorina's fiascos, Hurd's hurdles, and now, Leo's lemmings (of what used to be good PC's, laptops, etc!) Pun aside, it used to good to work with HP's hardware, many of which may soon be extinct!
I wonder if the leadership truly understands the company's core competencies, people and culture. All three cited above seem to have attempted to force-fit their 'culture' into that of HP's.
HP is well known for its quality products. The prices of their laptops are higher when compared to other brands. In spite of that there are users of the brand HP. So i feel they need more advertisement of their products rather than stopping it.Good media is television channels.
HP makes and DESIGNS some of the best server blades out there. Their computers (laptop and PC) are among the best performers for a nameplate brand. Read that as a WORKSTATIONS. Printers are good stuff as well.[br] Yeah, they failed to get into a flash in the pan market - the iPad. Those iDiots are now equipping them with KEYBOARDS...LOL, now it's a netbook, something HP did very nicely with the Mini.
[br] The vultures of Wall St are circling to take a good company apart, nothing more. Nothing has changed except for Chicken Littles screaming for evil purposes.
[br]HP made a marketing 101 mistake with Apple. So what? Fire those marketers and execs and get on with business.
Not sure to what extent the present HP is in the hardware business at all--they are really a marketing/sales compnay, IMO. Do they actually design that PC themselves--or do they specify what they want their PC product to do, and the price point,and have their "partner" design and build it for them?
If the latter, they will be just another "just software and services" vendor soon; whereas a real "hardware" company has genuine internal expertise plus barriers to entry for others. Think about all the great electronics companies htat slowly became nothing more than hollowed-out marketing nameplates, as they morphed themselves out of existence as real consumer products designers/suppliers: RCA, Magnavox,Westinghouse, the list goes on and on (add your own to the list)
It is an interesting question. A company that starts out in test and measurement, goes on to create LEDs, communication chips, calculators, printers, pc's, and tablets--could this level of devlopment have gone on fever, given the appropriate level of management? Are there other less scrutinized foibles and pitfalls that cause a company lose its focus in each area--shakespearean drama, but at a corporate level? At some point does the act of trying to keep too many plates spinning all at once, while adding in new plates expose one to more agile, smaller companies?
Excellent point.He knows nothing about hardware and wants to go back to his basis which is software. Unfortunately, he will expose HP when Oracle is getting to into hardware business. HP should be careful before they become another failed empire.