Let's see why we consider 2013 a tough year, if not unlucky, for some companies
BANGALORE, INDIA: Number 13 is considered to be unlucky and is synonymous with bad luck. It will be interesting to watch whether the new year, '13 spells doom for some of the technology majors. Going by the turbulent period experienced by some companies like HP, Microsoft, RIM, Cisco, Dell, Apple and Nokia in 2012, here we analyse what the new year might hold for them.
Let's see why we consider 2013 a tough year, if not unlucky, for these companies
HP: This PC, printer giant could not repeat its success when it came to tablet and smartphone markets. Its late entry into the tablet space, and with no strategy around smartphones yet, 2013 will be a difficult period for the Palo Alto, California based computer giant.
Despite having a great platform, Palm, the company has not been successful in putting it into the right use till date. So, even if it decides to enter the smartphone market next year, the competition from Samsung, Apple will be very fierce. The company has made some moves into the SDN and cloud space, but is yet to see some movement there.
Moreover, it could not even sustain the hold it had in the PC market, supposed to be its core strength. Lenovo gave HP a run for money as well as marketshare when it surpassed HP for the first time in October 2012.
It will be interesting to see how the current and former EBay chief Meg Whitman will be able to make the turnaround that she has been talking about and give some breather to this struggling company. However, does she have enough time at hand?
Cisco: During the annual financial analyst conference call, Cisco chief John Chambers said that out of Microsoft, International Business Machine (IBM), Oracle, Hewlett Packard (HPQ), and SAP AG (SAP), considered to be the industry leaders for several decades, two or three will not figure in that list five years from now.
Now, whether that happens or not, it will be interesting to see how this hardware networking giant will try and sustain its leadership and as well as from small competitors such as Juniper and Polycom, who have been making remarkable inroads into the former's core sectors. It has been facing tough challenges from within as the networking industry is undergoing a transformation and moving towards being a software centred world.
Though it announced its plans to double software business in the next three to five years, and is set to make some bold moves into the software space, with a few announcements and acquisitions with regard to SDN and cloud. However, commoditizing its own products in order to transform into a software player from being a long time hardware player will be tough.
Apple: Is Apple losing the magical appeal it once had and have Apple lovers had enough of the 'old wine in a new bottle' feeling everytime it announces a new device? Well, to an extent yes.