Ten reasons why EDS is worth $8bn less than it was four years ago

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HP is writing off about $8bn as a result of the drop in value of the EDS business it acquired in 2008. See this article I wrote.

Robert Morgan, director at sourcing consultancy Burnt-Oak Partners, gives us ten reasons why HP ended up devaluing EDS by $8bn.

1 - This was a takeover and not a merger. The HP management hierarchy reigned supreme and ensure that the highly paid EDS exec was swept away
2 -  HP's culture is not one of services, it is of product. New HP management could not relate to EDS client's and their service related contractual needs
3 - Big accounts withered on the vine due to a complete lack of understanding of the size, complexity and criticality of these systems - name any government account where this is NOT true - you cannot
4 - HP pushed HP product when EDS was hardware agnostic - this upset clients
5 - Commercial models deployed by HP do not cater for one off deals, they have not room for flexibility against certain changes and funding needs
6 -  HP Margins are inflexible in spite of scale
7 - HP views risk as a major corporate "no-no" EDS embraced risk based on their competency and ability to contain and mitigate it
8 -  and probably most important Meg Whitman has ZERO understanding of services and treats HPES like a child in need of discipline and restraint
9 -  HP is totally focused on a quarter by quarter basis of reporting
10 -  HP has driven all the Business metrics and criteria for success out of the system and allow technobabble to rule - cloud everything rules

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This page contains a single entry by Karl Flinders published on August 23, 2012 1:20 PM.

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