"We've got work to do to continue to grow our software business," Whitman said in an interview, adding that the company was still in the midst of a "very tough transition" to a leaner, more nimble operator. She welcomed the company's first revenue growth in three years, saying there were "real pockets of growth" in an industry that is consolidating.
After languishing in a rapidly transforming technology sector for years, HP reported quarterly sales that beat Wall Street expectations , as the tech company works through an internal restructuring plan aimed at trimming costs.
"We have to get the basics right, we have to get the strategy of the company well articulated," Whitman told CNBC. "I'd say the basics are now in place ... and now we have to turn to consistent, profitable growth."
Whitman added that the company was "excited" about a revival in its office segment, which includes inks, toner and laser printing, noting that sales there have stabilized.
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-By CNBC's Drew Sandholm and Javier E. David