10 Reasons It Makes Sense For HP to Stick With PCs

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    Don Reisinger

It's A Leader

It's A Leader

It's hard to make the move to get out of the PC business when you're the leader in the market. At last count, HP was easily besting Dell, Lenovo, and Acer in the PC market, and to give that up now would be a mistake. PCs are a key component in what makes HP special, and what helps it sell other products. It can't lose sight of that.
Hewlett-Packard has made the not-so-surprising decision to keep its PC business in place, and not spin it off. The company said that the decision should help HP reach new heights, but also put it on a course to success, even though several major threats remain. The decision also proved just how different former HP CEO Leo Apotheker and the company's current chief executive Meg Whitman are. Apotheker thought that HP's business relied upon the success or failure of software and solutions. But Whitman thinks that PCs must play an integral role in that. And she has decided to prove it. So, should HP have stuck with PCs? Absolutely. Although it might face some challenges in the coming months and years and margins won't get any better, the company has what it takes to be successful in the PC business. Most importantly, it has a system already set up that should allow it to continue to lead that space for the foreseeable future. Here's why HP's decision to stick with PCs makes sense.
This article was originally published on 2011-11-03
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, 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 http://twitter.com/donreisinger.