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Can HP Be IBM?

When IBM abandoned the PC business, we wondered if it was the end of the PC era, let alone the end of IBM as we knew it then. Yet, even today Big Blue is still running strong on services and consulting, with PCs a footnote in its history much like the IBM Selectric before it.

Hewlett-Packard Company looks to replicate the IBM story somewhat. At least for now, it's contemplating selling its PC business. What's left, then? The speculation is that the company has enough of a reputation  in services and consulting that it can make its mark there. But HP no longer in the PC business has got to be a scary prospect for Microsoft, since it means one powerhouse OEM who won't be licensing Windows 8 onto millions of boxes at once.

Does HP have what it takes to make it in services/consulting? Are you a customer of HP's services, and what can you tell us about how they're pitching the survival of the company into the future? Post your comments here.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 08/24/2011 at 11:59 AM

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