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    One observer claims HP is frozen internally in conference call hell and that’s why it can’t execute. He says the place has practically cornered the market in conference phones that its staff use to talk to one another, that it’s got way too many people second-guessing everybody else, creating utter immovability, and that nobody’s got the clout or brass to cut through the crap and get anything done.

    He likened the joint to a middle-aged woman running to fat in the middle. That fat, he said, is HP’s marketing department. Meanwhile, nobody seems to be buying Carly’s little litany of excuses for why servers and storage came a cropper in fiscal Q3 – like those problems HP supposedly had with an SAP installation. It got as much respect as the old saw about the dog eating your homework.

    And nobody seems to think that firing the enterprise unit’s top three salesmen is going to make a wit’s worth of difference.

    In the wake of HP’s pre-announcement, Merrill Lynch is back arguing that HP should be broken up, its printer unit spun off - and its computers allowed to stand or fall as they may.

    Merrill also thinks that Carly ought to hire herself a COO from the outside to run the company while she charms the outside and it thinks HP ought to give its $14 billion cash hoard back to stockholders in the form of dividends à la Microsoft to make its depressed stock passably attractive.

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    I work for HP as a Linux systems integrator and I don't see the kind of indecisiveness that this "observer" sees. I think HP, like virtually every other high-tech giant, has had some tough decisions to make about whether and when to push their proprietary products or go with Open Systems technologies. But in fact HP has contributed a lot to the Open Source movement, and has invested heavily in Linux at the engineering level. This is now visible in the Linux Reference Architecture work and benchmarking work that is emerging into public view, and that is helping to push Linux into high-end enterprise solutions. So please at least allow for the positive things that HP has done as well as the negatives.




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