Hp Case Study - Marketing Strategy Class

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Feb 22, 2007

Executive Summary

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is one of the largest technology companies in the world. Founded in 1939, HP employs nearly 88,000 worldwide, supports 540 sales and administrative offices, and distributes to more than 120 countries. HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company offers IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, imaging and printing.

The case study reflects the appraisal of HP’s high performers, internal and external problems and the growth of the company’s future. We see their sales have grown but profits have fallen $230 million short. With a slow economy on the rise HP needs to find a solution to their growth problem. A clear cut to their problem I suggested is by merging with the rival company Compaq due to their same visions and tactics and it will decrease the competition while strengthening the company’s image in business field.

I have also elaborated the merger in my recommendation analysis by explaining how HP can gain its profits and find solution to its current problem. HP split is another solution to the problem which I have breakdown in the alternative analysis. This case provides overall problems HP has with a SWOT analysis given with an alternative solution and forwarded with a recommendation plan.

Situation/SWOT Analysis

Hewlett-Packard is striving to survive the tough competition in the market growth by trying to eliminate its competitors like Dell Computer in PCs, Sun in servers and IBM in services. HP has also seen profit margins erode in its cash cow business, printing and imaging, because of increased pressure from rival businesses. Due to the aggressive management extreme makeover the companies profit is even weaker were sales growth has beaten the company’s expectation but profit has fallen off $230 million short. What needs to be done now is the company’s motto and the new CEO of HP “Carleton S. “Carly” Fiorina” has the solution. Even though her new changes and plans are on the table, the solution is almost a failure in every sense. She lacked vision and focus.

The strength of the company lies in the recognition of the vital role they play in driving HP technology, service and solution sales in the marketplace. The new HP is well-positioned to deliver the additional value customers demand through its product leadership, greater product innovation and global brand presence. The companies fast changing business environment and the need to pursue the goal for profit margins is another shift toward strength of the company. To raise the HP’s computer sales force, Fiorina tied more sales compensation to performance and changed the bonus period from once a year to every six months to prevent salespeople from coasting until the fourth quarter. Another innovative method is to sell a server at a lower margin to customers who commit to long-term consulting services in order to raise profit and good customer relationship.

The weak point of the company is that Hewlett-Packard’s new shift is moving too fast and taking many risks such as outsourcing which means HP has to let go some of its current workers, management split-ups, redrawing the lines of communication and getting veterans of rival divisions to work together. The plan is to transform all aspects of HP which means strategy, structure, culture, compensation and emphasizing on technology, software and consulting in every corner of computing in regards to services strength. HP’s experts and gurus have no clue whether the plan will work. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the development, performance and market acceptance of products and services.

Another problem is that HP has a wide range of products and services. There are consumer-oriented areas and business-oriented ones. Consequently, HP has a problem of positioning itself, because it has too wide a portfolio. It tries to...
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