Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 29th Aug 2012 20:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Can Hewlett-Packard bounce back? Third quarter results are in and they don't look good. Total revenue is down 5% year over year, and profits tanked on a $9.2 billion noncash write-down on the 2008 EDS acquisition. What's HP's strategy? Meg Whitman has now been CEO of the struggling giant for a year. She compares HP's turnaround to that of Starbucks, saying "Usually these kinds of turnarounds take anywhere between four or five years... There's nothing fancy about these turnarounds. This is not advanced business, this is 101." I question if refocusing on core competencies is enough. Maybe HP needs to get into the smartphone and tablet markets. Maybe it needs to expand its services business. Think I'm wrong? Then bet your money on HP stock and get rich. HPQ trades at its lowest point in a decade and sells for an rock bottom forward P/E of 4.2.
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good hard with bad soft. ware.
by CavemanGR on Thu 30th Aug 2012 08:39 UTC
CavemanGR
Member since:
2011-08-11

What is happening now to HP is the revenge of the pissed customer.

Great printers, great scanners: BUGGY, UGLY, impossible to get rid of, SLOW supporting software.

Laptops overbloated with weird software that never is used.

HP for years manufactures products that make you angry towards HP when you try to use them.

If "great products bring great profits" then this is NOT hp's case...

HP scanners work decently only on ... Linux!
O tempora o mores.

Edited 2012-08-30 08:39 UTC

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digitallysane Member since:
2011-12-19

I find their mobile workstations well built and dependable. And they look good, too.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Shockingly I find out from sources within the printer community that HP doesn't even make their own printer internals.

Now Konica Minolta does make their own stuff... but only for their high end MFPs, the smaller KM printers are also made by someone else.

At work we have a Dell printer, when you open it it says Lexmark and Lexmark is owned by IBM.

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