I sometimes marvel at how big companies such as Hewlett-Packard lose their way and forget their identities. I mean, HP, how tough is that? Wake up, go to work, invent cool stuff--you know, the way Apple does.
A few years ago, when Unix prices were dropping like anchors, IBM decided to embrace Linux and remind the world that it sold solutions, not just technology for technology's sake. Now, in the wake of its painful loss of Apple as a PowerPC customer, IBM is starting to adopt a similar approach.
In January, while dissent in the ranks at Hewlett-Packard was reaching fever pitch, CEO Carly Fiorina was on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, pitching her vision for digital convergence.