2. HP's PSG Drama
When HP in August said it might sell or spin off or do something or nothing with its industry-dominating Personal Systems Group (PSG), initial reactions ran from shock to awe. Industry watchers wondered whether HP was giving up a high-revenue, low-margin business to focus on the enterprise to whether VARs would be able to continue selling a full data center portfolio of products and getting all the discounts that go with that.
HP scrambled to placate channel partners and investors, especially after Todd Bradley, HP PSG executive vice president, signaled a likely spinoff. HP Chairman Ray Lane, who also said that a spinoff was likely, said HP had no choice but to pre-announce the move because PSG was too big to keep a secret like that.
In the end, sanity prevailed and new HP President and CEO Meg Whitman said HP would keep PSG.