Don't worry, HP is here to stay: Whitman

Don't worry, HP is here to stay: Whitman

Summary: HP's CEO has attempted to abate fears that the company will disappear into oblivion in the near future after a long struggle to turn the business around.


HP CEO Meg Whitman has set out to reassure attendees of the HP World Tour event in Beijing, China, that the vendor still has a bright future and will be sticking around for many years to come.

After 20 months as the top dog of HP, Whitman said she has travelled to China three times, and met with 525 local customers as well as 225 technology partners. She said that one of the main concerns she has heard from Chinese customers and partners concerns HP's future.

The company has a diverse IT portfolio, ranging from servers and PCs to software and services, but it is currently struggling on all fronts. In HP's quarterly results in May, the vendor saw a decline in revenues across the board, although there were signs of a turnaround.

"You have to have confidence your partner will be here today, tomorrow, and the day after that," Whitman said. "And believe me, HP is here to stay."

She also said that HP has been working hard to develop products and services that will help customers as the world shifts to a "new style of IT". This "new style of IT", according to Whitman, is a way of doing business driven by trends such as cloud, security, big data, and mobility.

"When these shifts happen, everything changes, and IT becomes even more important to your enterprise," she said.

This isn't exactly a new notion, and all the trends Whitman listed have been in existence and utilised for some time now. Many other players in the market have already rushed to address the challenges that cloud, security, big data, and mobility bring to businesses.

Still, Whitman is confident about HP's ability to compete.

"No other company can provide the connective tissue for companies transitioning to the 'new style of IT'," she said.

Spandas Lui attended HP World Tour as a guest of HP.

Topic: China

Spandas Lui

About Spandas Lui

Spandas forayed into tech journalism in 2009 as a fresh university graduate spurring her passion for all things tech. Based in Australia, Spandas covers enterprise and business IT.

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  • Whitman also said she was going to I mean win the ellection.

    And we all know how her election debacle went, she couldn't even buy the votes she needed to win against an old geezer like Jerry Brown... She is worthless and a fraud... She was in the right place at the right time and eBay took off in spite of Whitman. EBay would have taken off regardless of who ran it. Her only chance in saving HP would be to get them to take the plastic out of the printers and go back to metal gears that last and make them reparable instead of recyclable. Move manufacturing back to the US, and start pumping out quality like they once did. And then focus on computers, monitors, peripherals, etc. Make HP the proud quality American company they once were.
    • yeah right

      So you're a genius. Care to explain the turnaround in shareprice in the last 6 months, driven in the main by positive analyst sentiment, much of which is attributed to Whitman's ability over the last 12 or so month to deliver the results she has committed to?

      I must also commend you for the additional genius move of taking everything back to the good 'ol US of A. At a time when the expanding markets for just about everything are not in the USA, the old counter-cyclical punch is pure genius. Clearly you have an MBA. .
    • You have the genius mind of an amoeba.

      To you, when a republican runs for any office, they need to buy the votes in order to win, otherwise, if they win, they didn't win fair-and-square. But, when a democrat wins with illegal votes, then that's wholly acceptable and prudent and the "democratic" thing to do.

      In California, for any republican to win the governorship, he/she needs to pull off a miracle. With democrats, even a dead democrat six feet under, would have an easier time in winning an election, since, it's a state which is fully committed to socialism, and the poor and misguided and ignorant and illegals, all total up to more votes than republicans could ever muster or "buy" or win legally.

      In some cases, people get what they deserve, and Californians are getting what they deserve and asked for. It's a hopeless cause, and,if it weren't because the state is attached to the U.S., California would be equally as bad as Venezuela or Cuba.