Sow’s Ears, Ugly Ducklings and Lipsticked Pigs

Reuters has an interesting yarn about Intel swishing a scythe in its marketing department.

Wouldn’t have happened under the previous CEO who was a marketing man.

But the new CEO is a manufacturing guy.

When things screw up it’s always the damn fools in the other departments who are to blame.

If the chips don’t get designed in time or the processes don’t get ramped on time then the obvious thing to do, if you’re a manufacturing man, is to blame the marketing department.

Mind you the marketing people with their ultra-books with their slogan ‘inspired by Intel’ when everyone knows they’re inspired by Apple, and their clunky two-in ones, and their contra-revenues and their ludicrous mis-naming of process nodes have a lot to answer for.

So a brace of vp heads rolling among 40 departing marketing types will not cause much dismay.

Reuters reports that marketing’s morale at Intel is at an ‘all-time low’ while the CEO wants Intel’s ‘coolness’ back.

Wishful thinking that. Silk purse, sow’s ear; ugly duckling, swan; lipstick, pig; that sort of thing.



  1. It’s a history thing Mike, Intel doesn’t do diversification. Sacking the poor wretched marketing people is like shooting the messenger.

  2. Oh ye of little faith.

    Well actually I don’t have much faith in their plan either 🙂 But if they don’t do something big and soon they will be dog food as you say.

  3. To make a silk purse, Mike, it’s best not to start with a sow’s ear. If all you’ve got is a sow’s ear – better to use it for dog food.

  4. So to make a silk purse you start with some overdue culling. And at Intel Marketing and PR is a great place to start and then invest the savings in some useful R&D.

  5. No it certainly isn’t a dead duck, Mike nor is it a soaring eagle – more of an old sow grunting away at her trough.

  6. Yes, there are far too many processor variants to choose from. It is crazy.

  7. If true it sounds like the best thing he’s done to date. And for the next thing cull the parts list. I remember when Intel sold 486s in 3 speeds but now there’s so many processor variations people struggle to know what to buy.

    But to add another cliched metaphor to your list, Intel isn’t a “dead duck” yet !!

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