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    Hi all,

    FYI. Food for thought, please see link.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Dear HP: Do not squash the Palm DNA for innovation
    By James Kendrick | August 13, 2011, 12:55pm PDT

    Dear HP: Do not squash the Palm DNA for innovation | ZDNet

    Summary: The PC space is not one known for product innovation with the exception of Apple. HP has always been a conservative company, but with Palm DNA has the chance to shake things up.

    Big business has a tendency to squash innovative products, as bringing them to market is a risk. Companies may be able to envision and plan innovative gadgets but they rarely bring them to market. This is the reason Apple has been standing out from the crowd for so long, as detailed brilliantly by PC World.

    If you want to make the product that everyone else compares their product to, you have to go outside the envelope. You have to take a risk to build something nobody has told you they want, because they don’t know they want it yet, and then you have to invest in it and stick with it until you get it right.

    This describes the difference between Apple and other companies in the computing space (including mobile technology). You cannot just listen to what your customers say they want, because you’ll only get more of the same. Your customers lack the vision that true innovation requires.

    HP is in a unique position to step forward in an innovative way due to the acquisition of Palm that resulted in the TouchPad tablet. The PC maker can leverage this innovative direction, but only if the Palm DNA is allowed to flourish inside the HP campus. Please HP, do not squash the DNA that produces unique and innovative technology, nurture it. I know that you say you will, but if you realistically examine your history you have not really pushed the envelope in computing and stuck with it even when you have innovated.

    I remember the tc1000, a hybrid Tablet PC that pushed PC technology to its limits. The thin slate, even by today’s standards almost a decade later, that detached from the keyboard for use as a pure tablet was sheer genius. The problem is the Tablet PC was not a genre that caught on with the mainstream, so you dropped this product line like a hot potato. You switched to the safe convertible tablet model like everyone else. You weren’t willing or ready to stick with it simply because it was innovative. Truth is had you stuck with the tc1000/1100 it could have evolved by now into a computing solution that rivals the iPad.

    I have attended many meetings with your executives, HP, and every time I have inquired about product development that pushes the envelope of existing products in the market, your answer has always been the same. “Our customers tell us they want…” is always your response, and this never leads to innovation. Your customers cannot possibly know they want something they have never seen before, the very definition of innovation as PC World pointed out. You have to show them what they want once you produce it on your own.

    HP you are in the position to do that with webOS, which can produce innovation across your entire product line. But you can’t do that simply by listening to your customers, you must listen to the Palm team now on your campus. They have a history of innovation if not one of solid business moves, and that should be ingrained into the HP way. You have the opportunity to step up and shake the conservative PC world up just as Apple continues to do regularly, but only if you let it happen.
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    Before HP became a pure computer company they were the most innovative company in their original business of test and measurement equipment. I think a big part of the innovation equation is the leadership: when Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard ran the company they were always on the leading edge: they were engineers first. They were even innovative in the computer business during this time. Jobs is not an engineer but he does apparently have similar abilities.

    Once Bill and Dave retired HP became just another bottom line driven multinational. Even when the company split, Agilent (the new test and measurement company) never did reclaim the HP legacy. The company was led by MBA types that did not understand the technology and did not care to. They were there to squeeze more profit out of the operation.

    I worked at both HP computer division and then at Agilent, and the old timers could not wait to retire: the company they once knew was long gone. I hope HP does not do what I fear they will do because I do really enjoy webOS. But they are risk averse. So don't expect anything cutting edge.
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    You always have a good take on things. But the guys that need to hear you, are counting beans.
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    Hi all,

    Mark Hurd is a prime example...he was smart to have HP buy Palm for webOS but perhaps he should have paid less attention to her bottom line and more attention to innovation and braking new ground!

    Take care,

    Jay
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    Everything HP has done since taking over Palm, has clearly moved webOS and the hardware closer to the competition, read that as the run of the mill, and further away from the innovativeness of the original webOS and the Pre. Thye seem to be happier just being a "Me Too", rather than create it's own niche.
    Pre3 (AT&T meta-doctored to ROW) webOS 2.2.4 build 3175
    TouchPad WiFi (32GB) - webOS 3.0.5 build 86
    App Catalog (US) - Vodafone (India)

    Treo 180 > 270 > 600 > 650 > 680 > Pre+ > Pre2 > Pre+ > Pre3 & tPad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanjay View Post
    Everything HP has done since taking over Palm, has clearly moved webOS and the hardware closer to the competition, read that as the run of the mill, and further away from the innovativeness of the original webOS and the Pre. Thye seem to be happier just being a "Me Too", rather than create it's own niche.
    Hi all,

    I have to also put some of that on Ruby...he knew the TouchPad sputtered and shuttered & they shipped it anyway. He should have delayed shipping until the update was ready and then release it; That way the reviews would have been far kinder.

    Take care,

    Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group
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    I don't really blame HP for shipping a half-baked Touchpad when they did. The legions of angry webOS fans were growing by the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsetter883 View Post
    I don't really blame HP for shipping a half-baked Touchpad when they did. The legions of angry webOS fans were growing by the day.
    Hi all,

    The more I think about I do blame them, b/c they were weeks away from the update!

    tale care,

    Jay
    Please Support Research into Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Spinal Injuries. If You Suffer from These, Consider Joining or Better Yet Forming a Support Group. No One Should Suffer from the Burden of Chronic Pain, Jay M. S. Founder, Leesburg Fibromyalgia/Resources Group

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