Whitman also discussed HP's turnaround plan that she has already detailed for financial analysts. Next year will be HP's "fix and rebuild year," and 2014 should be a year of "accelerated growth."
Rich Kuipers, the CIO of Discount Tire and a user of HP products, said after the presentation that he still has many questions about HP's direction, though he was pleased that Whitman emphasized its security products at the conference.
Kuipers said that since former CEO Mark Hurd left HP, the company has been "just wandering. "In my mind it's still a bit of a wait and see thing," said Kuipers, who added that there's now a little asterisk next to HP's name.
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