"Profit is every CEO's major focus. Research almost always benefits an entire industry more than any particular company. And research doesn't have immediate results.
Sometimes it doesn't have the results that CEOs want. You invent a product that has a longer life-cycle, that doesn't need constant refills or upgrades. Research is expensive and unpredictable. Things that today's business world frowns on.
New technology typically has a five-year development cycle. The U.S. technology business stopped being serious about research in 2000 and the results are showing now.
People have a little more money but there's nothing they want to buy. There's nothing that makes you say, 'Wow.' Ten years ago I was seeing something interesting every month, but now we're touting bloated software and cute case designs as innovation.
The damage to HP and the U.S. technology industry at large may already be irreversible. If we start investing today and let our engineers play we might have something exciting to show people in 2010. That's a long time to wait for the next big wow.
To me, this rabid fixation on short-term profits is a bigger threat than outsourcing -- it is killing our ability to make astonishing things."
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