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Goliath's Prophecy

The Goliath's Prophecy by Ivan del Valle, CMBB, CSM, CSPO, ITIL-F - Source below...

“Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.” - Malcolm Gladwell, on his book: "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants".

I always wanted to start one of my writings with the following disclaimer... "This is a work of fiction. Any names or characters, businesses or places, events or incidents, are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental." This article was the perfect one for using it for the first time...

Goliath went late to bed that night. He was tired after having a tough day full of memories from the past. He turned on the TV, and there was a horror movie playing on the ‘Bigfoot Channel’ called “Jack and the Beanstalk”. He immediately turned the TV off, and started to think about all the things that happened during the last couple of years…

He and Cyclops started up a small auto tires shop from his house garage called “FeeFi-FoFum”. It was one of the first shops in ‘1939 Tall Tree Valley Street’, and people admired it for its innovation and culture. “Fee-Fo”, as the locals called it, got its first important contract by selling 200 tires to a company named “WDW”. They grew quickly, adding employees and locations all over around. After a few years, “Fee-Fo” also started selling flowers, and became one of the big names in that business as well. For a long time “Fee-Fo” was synonym to excellent products and customer service.

“The logic of the inverted-U curve is that the same strategies that work really well at first stop working past a certain point” – Malcolm Gladwell

Years passed, and “Fee-Fo” continued to grow and expand. They were good selling tires and flowers, but soon it became pretty evident that selling flowers became their primary revenue stream. One day, a guy named David, started a flower business from his dorm room. His idea was to sell flowers directly to customers, without any intermediaries. He quickly became a headache to Goliath, which at first was on denial that such model would make a dent to “Fee-Fo”. Under the inability of Goliath to effectively compete with David, he one day recurred to what he considered the solution to his problems… He first got rid of the auto tires business, followed by the acquisition of “Paul Bunyan Co.”, which was a big flower-selling competitor. With that acquisition, he became the biggest flower seller in all Jollygreengiantland.

“All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Eventually, and unfortunately, “David Co.” started to look more and more like “Fee-Fo”, and Goliath started to regain his confidence. “Fee-Fo” started to leverage its size, and to focus on reducing costs at every corner of its operations - including squeezing suppliers and laying off a lot of employees. The “Way of Fee-Fo”, which was the way people referred to the Company culture, quickly disappeared, as well as its innovation. It became an enormous flowers vendor, difficult to manage and control. New competitors started to show up, mainly providing services related to the flower-selling business. Some of them combined flowers with candies, and delivered them in expensive, gorgeous boxes. Others sold the service of keeping fresh flowers at the customer location all the time, without the need to re-order each time, etc., etc. Goliath recognized his weakness on that area (and missed opportunities), and started to acquire companies like “Gargantua” and “Pantagruel” to cover that gap. He spent a lot of money on those and other expensive companies that later on he wasn’t able to effectively integrate. He wanted to be a one-stop-shop for everything related to flowers, and to a good extent, he did.

“Outliers are those who have been given opportunities—and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Although “Fee-Fo” was selling a lot of flowers and related services, it started to sell less and less every quarter. Goliath continued filling gaps on innovation by firing people, and through acquisitions (some of them poorly analyzed, and some simply non-sense). “Fee-Fo” continued to grow, and new smaller competitors started to take business away from them. Among them, there were two companies, one called “The Fuit”, and the other, “Jungle”, that in a blink of an eye took a lot of customers from the once-all-mighty Goliath’s empire. “Jungle” and “The Fruit” were unstoppable… For every 20 steps they took, “Fee-Fo” wasn’t able to even take one. “Fee-Fo” became so big and slow that it needed something drastic in order to survive.

“When we talk about analytic versus intuitive decision making, neither is good or bad. What is bad is if you use either of them in an inappropriate circumstance.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Goliath started selling several of the businesses he got from the previous acquisitions, each of them at a huge loss. He also did another desperate move, which was to split “Fee-Fo” into two companies (now formally called “Fee-Fo, Inc.” and “FeeFi-FoFum”), in order to better compete in the different flower-related business segments. Things didn’t stop there, and soon after the split, Goliath announced that he was getting rid of most of the services business, so he can refocus “FeeFi-FoFum” efforts in selling flowers, and investing in the development of something that would “redefine the whole Industry”… Something that he referred to as… “The Flowerchine” (whatever that meant, as nobody really understood what it was). On the other side, “Fee-Fo, Inc.” ultimate salvation (he believed with the most doubtful of hopes), was becoming the biggest vendor in "Multidimensional Flowering Scanning and Making", as well as offering something he called "FAAS" (Flowers-As-A-Service)…

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Time continued to pass… Both “Fee-Fo, Inc.” and “FeeFi-FoFum” continued acquiring companies, and selling parts of themselves. More and more smaller innovative competitors continued to erase their market footprint. First came “Bilbo, Inc.”, then “Thorin”, followed quickly by Dwalin, Balin, Gloin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Bifur, Bombur turned on the TV again; and with angry gestures left the room, saying things that I wouldn't dare to write here. And if you wonder... Yes... “Jack and the Beanstalk” was still playing on the 'Bigfoot Channel'...

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I bet the Del Valle-Gomez rivalry came from long time ago. I have the gut feeling these two have pending businesses from somewhere else. Let’s get ready to rrrruuuuummmmble! hahahahaha

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I think the value of the article is not the article itself, but the symbol it has come to represent. The term “Goliath’s Prophecy” has become a synonym of frustration and impotence against the inevitable.

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He doesn’t make reference to any prophecy on his article. Not sure where that came from, but I guess that turned out to be the urban name of the article. It’s a big joke here in Palo Alto, and it’s not uncommon to hear references to it. I think it has nothing to do with a prophecy, but the irreverent way of slapping the mismanagement of the Company.

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I think people are getting confused and thinking this guy actually predicted the fall of HPE. He did not. It's all written after the split announcements. I'm thrilled for you if you're enjoying this story however I just don't see why people have such a hard on for it. Plus how many times does this need to be drug up from the grave. Fine story, but let's move on.

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, it looks like the Goliath’s Prophecy was originally posted by the author as “Goliath, the flower seller” on LinkedIn on July 5th, 2016... A couple of days ago I read somewhere on this site why he chose that title - just can’t find it now. I find it to be a fine piece of creative literary art that describes well the demise of what was once a magnificient Empire.

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Is it true that HP Installs system-slowing spyware on its PCs without consent?

On the heels of Lenovo’s massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users‘ consent, Hewlett-Packard is jumping in with both feet when it comes to installing spyware on its PCs without the consumer’s permission.

According to numerous reports gathered by Computer World, the brand is deploying a telemetry client (a system data that is uploaded by the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component), on customer computers without asking permission.

The software, which was first identified on November 15 of this year, is called “HP Touchpoint Analytics Service” and appears to replace the self-managed HP Touchpoint Manager solution. According to the official productivity description, it features “the tools you need to ensure all your managed devices’ security — and brings you greater peace of mind”. The problem is, it’s installing itself without permission and is wreaking havoc on customers’ systems.

And the consumers are noticing:

On 11/18/2017 Hp Touchpoint Analytics Client was installed on my computer without my concent, I’m assuming it was installed in the background as an update to Hp support or framework. However it happened I don’t appreciate it’s sneaky take over of my computer’s system resources. From yesterday to today it’s been making my computer work so hard I can hear it like cranking away and the light in the back of my computer is flashing rapidly in-tune with the cranking. –HP Forum

HP has not released an official response to the complaints either and it’s not yet clear how the new driver is being installed. It may have come with the latest Windows updates, or via HP and its support assistant processes, but regardless, customers aren’t happy. “I understand that it hoovers all sorts of telemetry data — and I am not willing to share too much of it really, definitely not without my knowledge,” says one user on HP’s forums.

There is a speck of good news, however. According to Engadget, the offending driver can be removed relatively quickly and easily, but against a wider backdrop of repeated privacy scandals, that’s hardly the point and only semi-comforting to those affected

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Posted just two months ago!

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This is a classic. I wonder what would happen if I walk around here with a t-shirt with “The Goliath’s Prophecy” on it. Hmmm... Actually, that’s not a bad idea at all.

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I can only imagine Meg’s face when she saw this in CNet. I bet Gomez’s obsession with it is because of a good scolding he got. Hehehe Let’s fire the guy!! Oh wait, they already did in 2015... lol

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This stuff should be in business school textbooks

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What the heck is “the flowerchine”? Oh, I guess he was referring to HPE’s “the machine”. What the heck is “the machine”? Lol It s---s so much being here that the only thing we can do is just laugh at ourselves. I’m a believer! The prophecy is alive!

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We’ve earned with flying colors being considered yhe joke of the Industry...

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What I’ve heard is that Henry Gomez didn’t take well the slap with a white glove from a “nobody”. I don’t remember the guy from Cnet that made reference to it last year. The term “Goliath’s prophecy” apparently went viral after that to describe HP’s demise, and I’ve seen repeated references to it in Reddit, Tech Crunch, and Gizmodo. HP (and its siblings) are just a joke out there... It’s so sad...

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You know you are going to be flamed for posting this by HPE HR, right? There was a lot of noise last year around it here in Palo Alto, and rumor says they tried to force the author to delete it. The article went viral, and what started as an internal joke became kind-of a subculture cult synonim of the disaster that occured to what once was known as simply... HP

It seems like the article came back to life again on this forum a few weeks ago, and I have no idea why it seems to piss so much some people at HR. Maybe because of its satiric approach... I don’t know.

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