Wednesday, April 28, 2010

HP Buys Palm - RIP

Interesting news I hadn't considered - HP as a suitor for Palm.

"Palm's innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP's mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices," Todd Bradley, vice president of HP, said in a prepared statement.

It is fascinating to me when a brand goes bad.  Sometimes I think the morale in a company goes bad years before and it rots from the inside out.  Employees warn their peers to stay away, recruiting suffers and vacations become the topic of choice.  People stay at the company drawing a paycheck long after they give up on its success.  They go through the motions but have no belief.  Social networking enables industry pundits to sense the demise even before the market does.

I have known many companies in my time where if the staff were given an anonymous survey, they would have predicted its demise years earlier than the fact. 

Kevin Benedict
Author of the report Enterprise Mobile Data Solutions, 2009
Mobile Strategy Consultant, Mobile Industry Analyst and Web 2.0 Marketing Expert
***Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant and Web 2.0 marketing expert. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles. ***************************************************