Last week, Hewlett-Packard
In The Direct PC Model, they exhorted us not to think of companies such as HP, Dell
It's true that there's a very different competitive environment in electronics today than we've seen historically. Whereas it's not difficult to recall a time when, simply put, PC makers competed with PC makers and electronics companies (such as Sony
But that's where the consumer business, strength in the PC market aside, is heading now. It's no longer just the early adopters who are shelling out for nifty digital devices. Brian and Dale couldn't predict which devices would "make it" at the time of their writing, but that didn't stop them from closing on a strong, prescient note: "The forward-thinking PC companies will reinvest their free cash flows in the areas offering the greatest potential returns, perhaps becoming totally different business animals in the process."
Fiorina's announcement was a perfect illustration of this process set in motion.
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