Bring Back the TouchPadThe first order of business for Whitman must be bringing back the HP TouchPad. HP's tablet, which did not sell very well at its original price, flew off store shelves when it was offered for $99. And now, there is a huge installed base that Whitman can build upon. Getting rid of the TouchPad was a mistake Whitman must fix.
After 11 months as CEO of HP, Leo Apotheker has finally been fired, and replaced with none other than former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. As with any other major move on the part of a huge company, the decision to place Whitman as CEO to replace Apotheker has been met with differing opinions. Some say it was a smart move, so she can help revive HP's ailing consumer business. Others say that HP's decision to hire Whitman as CEO will prove troublesome for the firm's enterprise division and thus, should not have happened. Regardless, Whitman is now CEO. And although some might not like it, she will be the person to decide HP's fate for the foreseeable future. When she does so, however, Whitman must be careful. HP is on the brink of disaster due to Apotheker's outright inability to manage the firm in a beneficial way. Realizing that, if Whitman makes the wrong move, it could have a disastrous effect on HP's business. But luckily for Whitman, we've prepared for her a short cheat sheet that she should consider as she starts making decisions. If she follows these strategies, things at HP will be much better in short order.
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.
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