HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory
Suddenly it all makes sense!
HP has confirmed the rumours anent the future of its Personal Systems Group - the globocorp's PC-making arm, which at one point seemed likely to be sold off - by announcing that it will merge with the company's printer tentacle.
According to a corporate announcement issued today:
HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and its Personal Systems Group (PSG) are joining forces to create the Printing and Personal Systems Group. The combined entity will be led by Todd Bradley, who has served as the executive vice president of PSG since 2005.
Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of IPG, is retiring after a highly accomplished 31-year career at HP.
“This combination will bring together two businesses where HP has established global leadership,” said CEO Meg Whitman. “By providing the best in customer-focused innovation and operational efficiency, we believe we will create a winning scenario for customers, partners and shareholders.”
Prior to Whitman's appointment replacing her troubled predecessor Leo Apotheker, it had appeared that HP would divest itself of the Personal Systems Group, which was one of the world's major PC players but struggled to turn much of a profit in an intensely competitive market. However the strategy of moving into lucrative enterprise software failed to convince the markets, leading to a U-turn, Apotheker's departure and now the plan to merge operations with the printer arm.
HP also announced streamlining and amalgamations in marketing and communications. The announcement can be read in full here. ®
"Blah blah blah" said Meg Whitman, "blah blah da-blahdy blah."
Is that kind of vapid mangerspeak something you learn in the best MBA programmes? It's astonishing how someone could vocalise so much while saying so little.
I think what she meant to say was "We decided to merge our loss-making parts with the bits that make money so that the accumulated dolts will drag down our productive members of staff. It's this kind of bold leadership that justifies my million dollar bonuses."
They haven't killed the Touchpad
After all, HP is TOTALLY COMMITED to the future of WebOS.
Not a word I had encountered before. Thanks.
Re: Quality Control?
This is why HP's PC division is in the toilet, or one of them anyway - they make garbage PCs with an abysmal reliability record.
If HP built computers that were as reliable as their printers, they'd be doing a lot better. Actually, for that matter, maybe they could pick up the styling used on HP's printers too - white/light grey, no frills styling, sturdy build, and reliability. It would help mark a clean break with the unreliable crap of HP laptops past, and the styling would evoke thoughts of HP's reliable printers, rather than of low-quality PCs (which is what HP's computers are, and look like).
Also - selling off the PC division? Who the hell would want to buy it? That's probably why they're doing this instead - they couldn't find a mark to unload it on.
For that they crapped on the corpse of Palm and killed the Touchpad ?