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Is HP "Frozen Internally"?
Get Off the Friggin' Phone and SELL Something
Aug. 23, 2004 12:00 AM
Carly's HP Problems Just
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
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.
Carly's HP Problems Just
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Ben England commented on 9 Sep 2004
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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