Re: company's a mess
Issues with netapp are deeper than product and are deeply rooted to the company's prideful, to a fault, culture.
Here's what's wrong with netapp today and why the company may need someone from outside to lead it:
1) Many chiefs and pseudo-visionaries
2) Resistance to change because "it's always been done this way"
3) Diminishing technical skills (see #1)
4) Sense of entitlement; "We invented XYZ therefore nobody can do it better than us"
5) "Not invented here" syndrome
6) Too much patting on the back celebrating things most people don't care much for
7) Ownership without accountability
8) A company of sacred cows
There are different types of CEOs. Netapp needs to decide which one it needs first;
Sustainer: A CEO who will take over and continue with the same strategy as his predecessor
Builder: A CEO you will run a small company and grow it
Turnarounder: A CEO who will take over a company with life threatening issues will make significant changes, rock the boat and attempt to fix
Fixer: A CEO who will take over a company that is experiencing challenges, will make a few specific changes, will not rock the boat and for the most part will continue the previous strategy.
Netapp is a company in trouble. It's not in dire straits but needs to figure out quickly if the current CEO is the right person. After all, in order to fix a company you first need to have experience in "fixing" and you need to have done it before.