Worth a Look: Hewlett-Packard (HP)

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Why Hewlett-Packard Must Articulate Its Enterprise Strategy

The challenge right now for HP is that the whole is not yet greater than the sum of its parts. For all of the operational-excellence strides Mark Hurd and his team have made, HP has yet to reveal an equally compelling externally facing strategy to the world: what is HP’s core strength? What does HP do best?

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HP transforms from printers to diverse tech business

The Palo Alto company, which had $118 billion in sales last year, now draws its biggest profit from a unit that provides tech services to other companies and public agencies. But in the PC segment, Bradley “has been able to do some incredible things with a division that most people thought, before he came on board, couldn’t be fixed,” said veteran tech analyst Rob Enderle. “He appears to be on a fast track” among company executives, Enderle added. Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Hurd is considering a plan to fold the printing business into Bradley’s division.

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HP Grabs Sun Exec To Lead Storage, Server Channel Growth

Hewlett-Packard said it has appointed a former Sun Microsystems executive to head the company’s storage, server and networking business.  Randy Seidl joins HP as the company’s new Senior Vice President for the Enterprise Storage, Servers and Networking global business unit as HP and IBM are fighting to grab Sun customers and channel partners before Oracle finally closes its acquisition of Sun.

For HP as a whole, the hiring of Seidl will help the vendor’s push to convert Sun customers and partners to HP, said Lorraine Bartlett, vice president of marketing for HP’s mission-critical systems.  Mark Hurd, HP CEO, said in March 2006 that HP wanted to be the largest storage vendor in the world, Gonzalez said.