The Channel logo

News

By | John Oates 30th September 2009 09:09

HP pencils in radical restructure

PCs and printers, together at last

HP is considering restructuring its business to more closely ally printers and PCs.

The move sounds very like what Carly Fiorina did in 2005. Although then it was the printer unit which was seen as the stronger partner. At the time there was much talk that HP might split itself into at least three divisions, or even separate companies.

Since then HP has seen big growth in PC sales and although margins on its magic ink remain strong the firm is less dependent on printer profits.

Instead it is services and software where HP makes the big bucks. Maybe that will be the end result of the printer/PC moves - an easier and cheaper way to distribute its lower-end physical products.

The changes still need final sign-off from chief executive Mark Hurd, according to the Wall Street Journal's anonymous sources. ®

comment icon Read 2 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

Lightning

Jack Clark

Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
ARA_LIbertad

Chris Mellor

Elliott Management sinks its teeth into retiring godhead

Features

Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Failure to crack next-gen semiconductors threatens to set back humanity
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
SAP Match Insights
Vorsprung durch grossendatatechnik, as we like to say in Germany