Morning Coffee Nov 23 2010

H-P's New CEO Signals Software Push

By john shinal

New Hewlett-Packard CEO Leo Apotheker will bring a different approach than his predecessor, based on his first public statement about strategic plans. And that could be good news for engineers and software developers who work for the hardware giant -- and those who want to.

Former CEO Mark Hurd laid off tens of thousands of workers, streamlined the company's product development and built strong relationships with H-P resellers, leaving his successor with a well-oiled profit machine.

Apotheker, on the other hand, used his conference call debut to announce that he planned to invest more in software research. The former executive of German software giant SAP can see the obvious -- that consumer devices such as mobile phones and electronic tablets are about to upend corporate IT systems.

Software that integrates old and new technologies and can manage more decentralized IT systems is the way to do it. For that task, Apotheker will need fresh-thinking engineers. (Computer Reseller News)



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