IT & Network Infrastructure : HP's New Strategic Direction: 10 Products to Guide Meg Whitman's Plans

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-09-23 Email Print this article Print
Now that Meg Whitman is CEO of Hewlett-Packard, she has some serious work cut out for her. During the past 11 months, Whitman's predecessor, Leo Apotheker, attempted to radically rearrange HP's business to focus on software and IT services and shift away from the PC business where it had been a top player for many years and from the mobile business in which it had invested more than $1 billion over the past two years. He also discontinued the company's TouchPad tablet, practically turned his back on webOS, and said that the smart move for HP would be to spin off its PC business. In less than a year, Apotheker made HP a different company. Through it all, HP has suffered as its stock price has plummeted and both consumers and enterprise users alike started to wonder if the company could be relied upon for future purchases. Exactly what Whitman has in mind for HP is unknown at this point. But just in case she's thinking about what she should do with HP, the following slides will provide some guidelines. Rather than thinking about vague ideas, Whitman should use products as inspiration to determine what strategic course to set for HP. Flip through the following slides to find out which products should inspire Whitman as she makes plans for HP's future.

HP's New Strategic Direction: 10 Products to Guide Meg Whitman's Plans

Apples iPad 2When HP made the decision to discontinue its TouchPad tablet, it was met with great criticism by some stakeholders—and for good reason. The tablet space is set to explode in the coming years, and HP should want to capitalize on that. If Whitman agrees, shell need to look at the iPad 2 for inspiration. That device is easily outselling all competitors and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
HP's New Strategic Direction: 10 Products to Guide Meg Whitman's Plans
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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