(Bloomberg) -- Meg Whitman long resisted a breakup of Hewlett-Packard Co., saying that selling computers to consumers and businesses was the best way to keep the Silicon Valley pioneer alive.

Now, with personal-computer demand in decline and companies flocking to the cloud to run their operations, she’s on board with a split taking place next week. The chief executive’s biggest job: proving to customers, investors and employees that a smaller, enterprise-focused HP will be faster and more nimble against competitors.

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