As reported by Arik Hesseldahl on Thursday, “Word has just leaked out of Hewlett-Packard that Zorawar ‘Biri’ Singh, senior vice president and general manager for Cloud Services, is leaving the company. Roger Levy, the group’s vice president for technology and customer relations, will replace him on an interim basis. I haven’t been able to find out if Singh is leaving for another job or if he’s just leaving.
Singh oversaw HP’s global cloud computing footprint, including its infrastructure and platform services. He was hired by HP from IBM by former CEO Léo Apotheker to build a cloud service platform ready to compete with Amazon Web Services.
Who knows why Singh is leaving, but, clearly, HP is getting their cloud computing executive team in order before preparing to do battle with Amazon Web Services. HP will have a fight on their hands for sure. I suspect that HP will start gathering the best brains to at least give it a good try.
The trouble with all of this strategizing is that HP is a big company, with a culture that won’t easily change. Amazon is going to be more innovative and agile than HP. For HP to catch up, they have to be more innovative, more agile, and smarter. HP’s ability to pull this off will determine their future success, period. Perhaps it is time to take a second look at the org chart.