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HP’s future plans questioned

HP’s future plans questioned

April 24, 2015

hplogonewA writer for Computer World wonders “what does HP think it’s doing” after recent confusion over its cloud products.

Computer World writer Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols’ opinion piece, What does HP think it’s doing?, looks at the “recent confusion over whether HP would remain a public cloud provider”, which he notes “illustrates how cloudy its strategic planning has been”.

The OEM’s Senior Vice President for Cloud, Bill Hiff, recently revealed the OEM’s admission that the cloud industry was “too fierce”, and Vaughan-Nichols points out that HP’s plans appear to be a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. Hiff’s comments were interpreted as HP planning to “walk away from the public cloud”, and “cut its losses”, but the OEM’s qualification that Hilf was misinterpreted came after his initial statement was said to be “unclear”.

Vaughan-Nichols states that HP “is still in the public cloud business”, but that “I really don’t know [if] it’s just not going to be in the cloud business as much as its biggest rivals are”. He adds that this confusion is not “just [with] the cloud. I really don’t know what to make of many of HP’s recent moves”, reflecting on the upcoming split into Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. in November.

In the eight months since the split was announced, he comments that “you’d think by now we’d be closer” to the division of the OEM, but notes that “I don’t see many signs that that’s actually happening”. Reflecting on HP’s previous decisions to abandon its webOS tablet and smartphone business, Vaughan-Nichols also highlights HP’s “constant shift of focus” – particularly with its four CEOs in the last five years – and comments that “it was funny then, but […] isn’t funny anymore”.

He believes that “it might be time for yet another CEO”, as current CEO Meg Whitman is “back to making odd acquisitions”, and the company “still doesn’t seem to know if it wants to be one business or two”, not to mention the cloud confusion. He concludes by imploring HP to stop “buying companies and toying with attention-grabbing stratagems like splitting up”, believing that it should “settle on one strategic plan and follow it. Stop being a mystery HP. Your customers and stockholders will both appreciate it”.

Categories : City News

Tags : Business HP Technology

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