HP's new CEO hints that software will be priority

Padangekspres.net-Hewlett-Packard is signaling that expanding the company's software business will be a top priority for its new CEO.

In hiring Leo Apotheker, the former head of business software maker SAP AG, the company set of speculation that it wants to bulk up that side of its business.

In a conference call Friday, Apotheker called software the "glue" that holds together the different parts of the company. Hewlett-Packard Co. is trying to build on its personal computer and printer businesses by expanding into technology services, data storage and security.

Analysts have questioned hiring a CEO who resigned abruptly from his last job after less than two years in the position.

The company defended its pick Friday, saying Apotheker was the only candidate offered the position.(The Jakartapost)

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