Sunday, July 1, 2012

MSFT to Bulid Surface: But What About HP? Karma Isn't Just an Electric Car

The MSFT Surface is taking headlines all over as yet another software manufacturer steps into the hardware business,

Everybody is doing it - Google, MSFT...okay, not everybody.

As the usual technology pundits air-out their their sponsored 'opinions', am I the only one who is hearing desparate cries over at HP?

Like Obi-Wan said, "'s as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror..."

It was was earlier this year, when Meg announced to the world, "HP will have a tablet by the end of the year..." - A New Hope by Christmas.

HP just can't seem to win for losing.

It isn't that HP will now compete with MSFT AND Apple for hardware in the enterprise space - it's the appearance that MSFT did HPQ dirty.

Everyone from Asus, Acer was taken by surprise.

Remember the days when "IBM-Lite" seemed to tell the rest of the world what to do?  What to buy?  Today, "HP" is seen in the same sentence with the likes of Asus and Acer.

It's true, I just did it.

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force… as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced." 
―Obi-Wan Kenobi.

R & D - No Money Means No Innovation -

From Seeking Alpha -

"A Competitor's Opinion

In a 2010 WSJ interview, Sam Palmisano, CEO of International Business Machines (IBM) at the time, said the HP was no longer relevant competition, due to Mark Hurd's cost cutting efforts on R&D.

Considering the source, the criticism should be given considerable weight. HP will be a better performer if Whitman fixes the problem."

Meg promised more R&D.  But R&D takes more than money, innovation takes time.  We will see if HP can outrun the coming technology, BYOD, tablet, wave.

I think they can, but the ship is going to need a bit of load-lightening - 30,000 won't be enough.