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HP Split: Why Two Beats One
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Susan_Nunziata
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10/7/2014 | 5:00:43 PM
Re: Methodical plan vs. knee-jerk reaction
@SaneIT: That's a very imaginable scenario, as is the enterprise side merging or getting acquired by one of the bigger players in that space. In both the consumer and the enterprise side, the weakest link I see is the lack of a realy mobility play for HP, they have a great deal of lost ground to make up for not just in hardware but in software that can serve the mobile enterprise. Will be interesting to watch how this all plays out...


Whitman deserves credit for doing this carefully and methodically, that's for sure.
Thomas Claburn
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10/6/2014 | 4:52:22 PM
Re: Apotheker avoidance issue...
I wonder whether HP Enterprise would consider a deal with Google like IBM made with Apple.
D. Henschen
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10/6/2014 | 3:28:45 PM
Re: Apotheker avoidance issue...
And to this point, Charlie, Whitman and Lesjak have also laid all sort sorts of plans for strategic sourcing, purchasing, supply chain and logistics alliances between HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise so they can take advantage of buying and logistics efficiencies where possible.
Charlie Babcock
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10/6/2014 | 3:01:03 PM
Apotheker avoidance issue...
Nice analysis above. When Apotheker first proposed it, it was in reaction to a bad quarter in which he didn't want to take responsibility for a set of bad numbers. When the CEO talks through his hat that way, it's extremely damanaging to the business. HP servers were dependent on the flow of parts realized in joint purchases with the PC unit. So he sank the prospects of two of his leading businesses with one statement, quite an accomplishment. This is a much better considered plan.
D. Henschen
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10/6/2014 | 1:43:30 PM
Methodical plan vs. knee-jerk reaction
Leo Apotheker raised the possiblity of a PC spinoff back in 2011, but it was too much, too soon and it didn't fly (and Apotheker sank). Meg Whitman teamed the PC business with printers organizationally and has methodically created a well-laid split plan. Where investors balked the first time around, they're eating it up today, driving up the stock price. Next step will be accelerating HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise moves to catch up with the leaders in each market.


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