Why Hewlett-Packard needs to stop selling computers
If CEO Meg Whitman doesn't completely reinvent the company, HP will end up like Kodak or BlackBerry -- just another case study in corporate neglect.
By Rocco Pendola
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The tech gods organized this recall, even if temporary, of the $279 Chromebook laptop that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) made for Google (GOOG). They want HP out of the business of making computers because it's an artist formerly known as RIM-like embarrassment that they're still in it.
Laptops. Tablets. Potentially a smartphone. Printers. These things spell certain death.
Kodak, as TheStreet's Joe Deaux so perfectly chronicled this past summer, had the first digital camera. RIM previewed the notion of the smartphone with the original BlackBerry. Neither company could see things through.
It's exactly the same situation at HP with one major exception: HP has got nothing. It doesn't have some great technology it can morph into a game changer. It doesn't have a device that predates Apple's (AAPL) iPhone. It's got nothing.
The sooner Meg Whitman realizes this, the better.
If Whitman's any kind of leader, she'll acknowledge that HP has nothing, take the void and turn it into something meaningful. That's a gargantuan task. But, given how often we're told Whitman is such a great leader and CEO, she should be up to it.
We laud Whitman because we consider the turnaround of something that already exists -- HP's largely pathetic business -- more likely than fresh success after tearing something apart and putting it back together again. If you think about it, this is quite a weak endorsement.
A great leader would look at Hewlett Packard, realize the current iteration has no chance of success against a company such as Apple, and reject the same culture of obviousness that plagues most brick-and-mortar retailers. A great leader would earn her respect by undertaking a wholesale transformation of a dying business. She would reinvent Hewlett-Packard, turning it into something unrecognizable to itself.
But she won't. She will not take this Chromebook recall as a sign. Instead, she'll turn a blind eye, stubbornly forge ahead and fail miserably.
History will not take the time to distinguish Kodak from Blackberry and Blackberry from HP. And it shouldn't. It will just line up HP as another case study in corporate neglect and abject failure.
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This has got to be the most bias/discriminative article I've yet to read. The quality of MSN information has taken a tremendous hit to their credibility by publishing/pushing such garbage on consumers and investors alike. This is one of the worst examples of objectivity that I've seen to date.
HP is a great computer and I recommend them to all my clients when they need something new or better that is suited to their price range and need. It would be all to simple to make a heading that fits the given information. HP may not be making a big splash in the mobile market but they are still one of the best computers you can buy today.
the only PC i ever buy is HP...good quality...if they screwed up one thing...no big deal...what they need to do is go after the private industry and push Dell to the side
Most computers and printers have more capability than most owners want, but less reliability and less life and less
simplicity. Customers don't like that arrangement, and it doesn't have to be that way.
If HP should stop selling computers, then so should Apple. But yet, I don't hear anyone telling Apple that they should stop selling Macs, despite the fact that their iPhones and iPads outsells all their Macs by almost 5 to 1. What HP should start doing is making their own smartphones and tablets so they can compete better with Apple and Samsung in the mobile market, while they can still continue to make PCs for consumers who still want them. Besides, most people fail to realize that smartphones and tablets ARE computers, so even if HP stopped making PCs and started making phones and tablets, they'll still be making computers anyway.
Meg Whitman is what HP needs to rid themselves of it they want to get back to being profitable. Everyone of her ideas to date have been bad because she only looks towards maximizing short term profits while completely ignoring the long term stability of the company.
Far too many of these over educated jackasses have been destroying American industry for far too long and it has cost our economy dearly in jobs, economic stability, and leadership in technology. Every time a company like HP sends manufacturing to a country like China they cry because of loses incurred through patent infringement because their patents mean nothing in that part of the world. US tax dollars are paying for their research and any advancements they make from building on our ideas doesn't get shared. All this damage is done for a few cents per unit of extra profit so morons like Meg Whitman can get a multimillion dollar salary and another multi million dollar bonus check for damaging the US economy...
As for Crapple they produce nothing more than Yuppie junk that they have to advertise heavily to sell to morons stupidly buying venerable, under performing, over priced crap. Intel processors are behind in technology and are a bad choice for tablets and smartphones so if Crapple had any sense at all they would have gone AMD and Snapdragon when they switched from those worthless Motorola processers. Bad decisions make for a bad product and hiding your OS vulnerabilities instead of making sure your users understand how to protect themselves just makes matters worse.
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