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Uncertainty Over HP's PC Group: Who Stands To Benefit?

When HP last month said it is evaluating alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) business, including a possible spin off or sale, it created uncertainty among partners and customers but opportunity for competitors.

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PSG Status: An Industry Continues To Hold Its Breath

For now, PSG's status remains in limbo. HP's plans to sell it or spin it out were disclosed in August by then-President and CEO Leo Apotheker, who also revealed plans to purchase enterprise software vendor Autonomy for $10.3 billion and to drop its WebOS-based TouchPad tablet.

In the wake of those controversial moves, Apotheker was replaced as president and CEO by Meg Whitman.

Whitman, while pledging to remain committed to HP's hardware business, said no decision has been made about PSG, in effect continuing the confusion about the state of that organization. And while promising to review the board's recent moves, Whitman has also said that she believes HP is on the right track, perhaps not surprising since she was already a member of the board herself when these decisions were made. In the meantime, competitors can take advantage of HP by spreading "fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD)."

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