I think the days of the large corporations are ending. And HP is leading the way.
HP announced that it will split into two companies. I think this is a great idea. It will free both the consumer and enterprise companies to have more innovation, be more competitive, and in all honesty be more nimble to react to industry changes. Sure, it's scary - I mean, there are a lot of open questions about how this will work and what will happen. However, when a company reaches a certain size employee-wise, product-wise, customer-wise, and revenue-wise, internal processes can stifle innovation. Too many groups to consult with. Too many aspects to consider. Little autonomy to jump in and just get something done.
Many of the articles about the split this morning hinted at how HP couldn't merge with other companies because it was just too big. For example, EMC stopped talks with HP. Who knows which other companies were in the mix on the PC and server side talking to HP about M&A opportunities?
In a large company it is hard to respond to change. And IT/software right now is all about change. It's a wild west show out there - and a large corporation just doesn't have the flexibility to respond properly.
It will be interesting to see what happens in coming weeks. Stay tuned! I smell innovation around the corner!