HP Dumps PCs

Interesting news this week: HP is dumping it’s PC business. HP is also dumping WebOS at the same time. I remember when HP took over Compaq. At the time, we were a reseller and service center for Compaq. We could order parts overnight from Atlanta or closer. The warranty reimbursement rates were good, and we were able to offer clients a quality product at a reasonable investment, with the assurance that we could provide the service after the sale.
Soon after HP took over, they announced a minimum inventory requirement. I don’t remember the exact number, but the amount was more than 50% of the total warranty repairs for the previous year. Needless to say, I’m sure HP lost a great number of smaller repair centers. Our response was to move to other suppliers.
And now HP is dumping PCs. Ok. Same strategy as IBM? Will HP be as successful?