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By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2002-11-18 Print this article Print

: Fiorina Seeks to Rally IT Troops"> "Were there in the cereal you pour, the coffee you drink, the jeans you wear, the car you drive," Fiorina said. She went on to say that HP is aiming to provide "adaptive infrastructures" to its customers, claiming that HP is more solution-focused, partner-oriented and selfless than its competitors.
"While IBM is placing 10 billion dollar bets on the final chapter of e –business," she said, "at HP we dont see it that way. At every step of the way we are focused on the value process of information technology…We are genuinely open, not a company masquerading as open to get you to buy into our proprietary platforms.
"Your entire infrastructure must be adaptive," she said. "We do not wish to control you or lock you in or limit your choices. We believe partnership is our lifeblood." Fiorina then gave a quick nod to HPs new portable computers—the company launched a Tablet PC earlier this month and two iPaq handhelds here at the show. "I think this is the ultimate stocking stuff, dont you?" she said, holding up a $699 iPaq. Fiorina made a brief mention of the companys merger this year with Compaq Computer Corp., saying that it was going smoothly. She made no mention of Michael Capellas, former CEO at Compaq, who last week left his post at HP to take the helm at WorldCom Inc. She ended her speech with a final plea for prospective customers to focus on something other than a dismal economy and shaky foreign relations. "If we can get beyond the doom and gloom headlines that we have grown accustomed to in the past few years, we see a world where technology is more ubiquitous and is driving more change than it ever has before, " she said. "Progress is not made by the cynics or the doubters. Progress is made by those who believe everything is possible."


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