Comments on: HP has to look beyond cost cuts soon http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/20/hp-has-to-look-beyond-cost-cuts-soon/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Wilson http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/20/hp-has-to-look-beyond-cost-cuts-soon/#comment-21678 Sun, 23 Aug 2009 18:56:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4982#comment-21678 For a company who’s motto is ‘Invent” I don’t see any Inventions going on worthy of note, only acquisitions. HPQ and Mark Herd are just a HERD of sheep quietly being led off the cliff they have created themselves. “INVENT” NOT !!! Heck, I have an invention for them that would sell at least a $$$Billion… Yet they do not let Outside Inventions in because their R&D didn’t think it up first ??? HP and Mark Please Note, Sometimes you have to think OUTSIDE your box and Let Inventions in from the outside. The problem with current R&D departments is they are a closed loop Old Boys and Girls Club. Yes it is possible those of us toiling out here in our GARAGES ( where HP began) do have INVENTions worthy of note.

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By: The Bell http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/08/20/hp-has-to-look-beyond-cost-cuts-soon/#comment-21671 Sun, 23 Aug 2009 15:27:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4982#comment-21671 If you’re right, Eric, and HP were “best known as a supplier of computer printers” then one might expect HP to strive to become the best supplier of computer printers there possibly could be. Sooner or later, they’d have to at least give this some consideration…

This would entail reducing or eliminating the prodigious back-end cost and environmental wastage for which computer printers are still lamentably renowned, and doing this across the entire printer product line: in other words, taking a decisively green policy stance in delivering performance with a conscience.

If anybody can find a way to make computer printers less wasteful and still make money selling them, HP can.

But why stop there? HP is also known – to many customers – as a maker of pretty good and well-supported computers in general, albeit with silly antiquated names like “Pavilion” and then a dizzying array of alphanumeric suffixes seemingly designed to confuse potential buyers before they commit to purchase; also far too closely embedded with Windows OS at a time in history when MS-OS has utterly exhausted its credibility, internationally if not domestically.

The design factor in HP’s line of workstations and (hey, neither bad nor too expensive, either) LCD monitors is unfortunately behind the times, lacking design vision and that elusive aura of lasting quality one yearns for in ostensibly durable goods. Not that they’re bad products, but they just don’t look particularly good or consistent.

So the look, nomenclature, perception of value and eco-awareness across its entry-level and stand-alone product lines might be things HP could work on and come out ahead of where they are now.

HP might also better clarify and incentivize the channels through which people can actually become HP customers, now and in the future. HP’s interface to new-user situation is still far from optimal at this point in time, their dealer network vastly underdeveloped. On HP’s muddling website, it may be best to refrain from further comment.

As far as legacy customer growth and retention is concerned: HP’s integrated enterprise storage and system implementation support is really good, valuable even; but again, by no means yet as free – as any computer technology provider needs to be – of the dreaded Microsoft curse, because good, intelligent enterprise these days no longer bows to that particular monolith, nor do increasingly educated entry-level users.

At present, HP’s hardware is more reliable and scalable than the clunky operating system to which it is primarily committed.

HP should come emerge from its present cycle of relative passivity, flying solid colors and shaking loose from a recently chequered history if it desires to find the necessary clarity of vision by which to navigate, identify and occupy a market position worth defending in the long run.

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