I have since spoken to someone that used to work at HP in quite a senior position. My source told me that decisions at HP might have caused it some problems.
"Massive slashing of applications and datacentre infrastructure resulted in a business that was less able to cope with the demands it faced. Whether the business units just didn't have the quality of data any more to know properly where they were and what was needed to run the business. We know what happened to HP."
It was quite interesting because the former HP CIO who made these decisions, Randy Mott, is now the CIO at General Motors. GM is going through the process on insourcing large chunks of IT work that is outsourced to HP. So he is probably not that popular at HP.
Are there any other HP employees that can shed light on this? If so please comment.