Date: Sat, 25 May 2013 15:08:52 +0200
- Computing and software
Dell and Hewlett-Packard: Rebooting their systems
Two computer giants prepare for a world no longer dominated by the PC
ROUND ROCK in Texas and Palo Alto in California are half a continent apart, but Dell and Hewlett-Packard (HP), two tech behemoths that, respectively, have their headquarters in those cities, have much in common. The two personal-computer makers boast impressive records as innovators—Dell in supply-chain management and HP in fundamental research—though each has lost some of its creative spark in recent years.
Both are battling to remain relevant in a rapidly changing information-technology landscape. Since Michael Dell returned in 2007 to the helm of the company he founded, he has overhauled its operations in a bid to revive its fortunes. Leo Apotheker, HP’s boss since last year, is due to announce a new strategy for his company on March 14th. He has been hinting that he, too, will want to make significant changes at a firm that is still reeling from the traumatic departure of its previous boss, Mark Hurd, after a fuss over his relationship with a female marketing contractor. ...