I'm a little skeptical that it will benefit HP except perhaps the experience. It's good to shake things up every now and then, but it seems like everyone is going that route... SOS. Hopefully 5 - 10 years from now SOS doesn't go back to its previous maritime meaning. The amount of software available to businesses and consumers is already a little over whelming to average Joe.
What types of software packages are they planning on improving on or expanding into? Is it that assembling computers has gotten to be too easy for them? I see what they charge for computers on their website. They are definitely making good margins so I can understand why their execs might have gotten a little relaxed.
Very interesting background, Michael. It will be interesting to see if they can "craft" a structure and provide the leadership to make that work and compete effectively. They get points for trying, if nothing else.
HP's services department was one of the reasons that these changes happened. Sources close to the shakeup decision noted that HP's Enterprise Services Division along its EDS business was underperforming.
In addition to EDS, HP has had a long history of using partnerships to help it achieve its goals. IT solutions partners include Deloitte, Oracle, Microsoft and SAP. From a technology perspective, HP partners with CA, EMC, Tibco, Intel, Siemens, Xerox, and VMware.
I suspect that since the company needs to expand these services, it will more than likely search out similar but smaller companies to acquire to provide HP with more service contracts.
I remember Adaptive Enterpise, Michael. Good perspective on the changes. Clearly it appears the writing is on the wall.
I am wondering whether or not they have the capability to compete in this line of service, beyond EDS. There are a lot of heavy hitters moving into position with well integrated solutions and services.
It will be a good move if they have the ability and can deliver.
Note: I agree with Mary, I don't now what the kicking upstairs to the Board does; somewhat sounds like the Board of old at HP?
I submit that HP has had its executive team shaken up massively before. Prior to Randy Mott joining the crew, Livermore, Vyomesh Joshi and Shane Robison dealt with Carly Fiorina's departure and the subsiquent rearranging of deck chairs.
I've seen Livermore in charge of about four divisions including enterprise software, research & development, and marketing.
HP has also proclaimed that software was a focus area before. Anyone here remember Adaptive Enterprise?
But with Apotheker at the helm, I think the days of software and service dominating the garage are coming.
A major shake up like this one is quiet rare, the board was always controversial to begin with and mired with scandals and media leaks.Perhaps a shake up like this one points to a different direction that HP wants to take up with the aim of making its board members more accountable and of good repute to increase its stock worth.
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