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A quick lesson from HP's split

Everyone has been buzzing this week about HP’s split into two smaller companies. The general consensus on the spilt? Smart move, HP.

It’s clear consumers favor social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies, Associate Site Editor Fran Sales reports, and all consumers have their unique needs and preferences. It seems enterprises are catching on, as they should be.

SearchCIO expert Niel Nickolaisen says it well: “You might be able to remain competitive as a generalist, but I think it will be increasingly difficult as you compete with specialists.”

Key words being used to describe HP’s move, in addition to “specialized,” include “smaller” and “nimbler.” Now, it seems, HP will be able to focus its investments and more effectively drive innovation.

In other news this week, Samsung’s Q3 profits are estimated to be the lowest in three years; there are vulnerabilities in Mozilla’s bug-tracking tool; and an AT&T employee gained access to the telecom customers’ social security numbers, drivers’ licenses and purchase data. That and more in this week’s Searchlight.

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