Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2000 (Revised February 2005)

Hewlett Packard--Computer Systems Organization: Selling to Enterprise Customers

by Das Narayandas and Robert C. Dudley


In late 1996, Manuel Diaz, head of Worldwide Sales for Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Computer Systems Organization (CSO), is reviewing the results of an audit of HP's enterprise customer management approach with the objective of identifying market and organizational opportunities that might provide HP the next wave of growth while further reducing sales and support costs. HP's current customer management approach, although successful, had involved structural changes that had forced a deep-rooted overhaul of HP's traditional regional sales approach. The new recommendations would necessitate another round of drastic changes in the way HP manages relationships with its large enterprise customers. Diaz does not want to put the sales organization through another round of changes unless he is sure they are necessary. He has to figure out if the organization is ready for more change, and whether the benefits outweigh the costs of implementation. The case provides a detailed review of the audit process and the findings.

Keywords: Accounting Audits; Transformation; Customer Relationship Management; Cost vs Benefits; Marketing Strategy; Sales; Computer Industry;


Narayandas, Das, and Robert C. Dudley. "Hewlett Packard--Computer Systems Organization: Selling to Enterprise Customers." Harvard Business School Case 500-064, March 2000. (Revised February 2005.)