Feeds

HP PC boss: I'm so loving being spun off

Tablets? Pff. Dell? They speak with forked tongue

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

HP's public statement that it will explore alternatives for its PC business has sent "ripples" across the entire organisation, according to a senior exec.

Todd Bradley, global chief of the Personal Systems Group, is on a tour of duty in the US to convince resellers, disties and customers that a spin-off is the best and "preferred" option for the HP division he runs and intends on continuing to lead after the event.

But he acknowledged in a US report that HP needs to get the situation resolved quickly, preventing further uncertainty that rivals are trying to exploit.

"We have got to get this done. We have got to settle the uncertainty in the marketplace broadly for HP. Not just for PSG. The uncertainty is causing ripples across our business.

"And we have worked too hard to build what we have to open doors for other people to come in," he told CRN US.

Bradley was unable to give guarantees that a spin-off will happen but argued the rationale is sound and would give PSG greater autonomy.

"For PSG to compete for capital with everything from software to routers to printers, it makes enormous amounts of sense for the company to spin out, raise its own capital, invest in the PC priorities and the channel priorities around personal computing," he said.

Some resellers are privately venting some frustration – others do not seem to fazed by the whole debacle – but HP is calling for patience amid suggestions that a change in ownership could mean an overhaul of programmes, including Partner One.

Dell, the world's second-largest PC seller, has wasted no time in trying to magnify the uncertainty surrounding HP's PC biz and Bradley was at pains to mention the direct-sales-only past of his arch rival, without specifically using the D-word.

"I am sure that there are lots of my competitors that are now the most channel-friendly people that we have ever seen in spite of the 20 to 30 year history of probably not being that open to working with the channel."

On the same day last month that HP confirmed it was considering future options for PSG, it canned the short-lived TouchPad. Bradley, like Acer, played down the role that fondleslabs will play in the market long term.

"I think tablets will be a segment of the personal computer business. I think we will look at it from a solution perspective. I think at the same time soon, say end of this year or the beginning of next year, the ultra-thin notebook is going to get some real legs to it," he said. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?