HP webOS Global Business Unit to be Split into Two; Internal Document Leaks

September 7, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Hewlett-Packard is planning to split their webOS Global Business Unit into two separate divisions – hardware and software. A leaked internal HP memo states that the Personal systems group will either be sold or spun off.

Folks at Pre Central who got their hands on the document say that the hardware division of the unit will remain under the personal systems group and report to Stephen DeWitt and the software division of the webOS will be placed under HP’s Office of Strategy and Technology and will report directly to the executive vice president Shane Robinson.

Todd Bradley, the executive vice president of HP’s PSG wrote to webOS GBU employees, that reorganizing the webOS software teams under OS&T allows the company to fully investigate how we can fully utilize the webOS software platform. The pan-HP charter of OS&T provides a broad view of  technologies can be optimized.

In fact, it has proven to be a successful incubator of technologies; it is home to a team of senior technology experts devoted exclusively to exploring longer-term strategies for our technologies, he added.

The move is similar to what Palm did back in 2003. HP is already exiting the low-margin hardware business for smartphones and tablets with the recent fire sales of the webOS inventory.

So, the company’s plan with the hardware division comes across as pretty unsurprising. HP’s grouping of the software division highlights the company’s strategy to focus on value added services.

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