Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman in her last week visit, speaking at the Global Influencers Summit 2012 conference in Shanghai, described her goal for the company as intensifying HP’s internal optimization and renewing concentration on the “HP Way.” Whitman says HP future will be shaped by a consumerization of IT phenomenon that simultaneously plays to the company’s strengths both the enterprise and consumer technology markets.
Whitman further added that the company is down on servers and storage and networking, investing in software, cloud computing, security and information management while remaining 100 percent committed to the PC and printer business. HP is the only company with enough critical mass to bridge the gap between consumer and enterprise technologies. The HP difference, she says, will be making all those pieces fit together. All told, Whitman says that HP has an incredible collection of assets and that the PC business is an “essential” part of HP.
Whitman made it a point to say that while HP can’t change the past, she and the board are working closely together to change the future of the company. She added that HP is proud of being a hardware company and that the company is not investing in software and service to transform HP, but rather address specific customer problems. Whitman concluding by saying that HP is a company where not only will branding across all its disparate parts of the company will become more unified, but a company that will be able to compete more effectively as trends towards the consumerization of IT continues to play out.