back to article Xerox lays out BPO breakup plan

Xerox has detailed the plans that will see the legendary compute company split itself into two different branches. The former photocopy king says that it has named Ashok Vemuri as the CEO of what will become the Xerox Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company. "Ashok's deep industry experience and proven track record of …

  1. Dwarf Silver badge
    Coat

    The trouble is ...

    That Xerox never come up with anything original.

    1. a_yank_lurker Silver badge

      Re: The trouble is ...

      Actually, they have but the PHBs running Xerox could not figure out how to market almost all their good ideas. Sort of like Kodak and digital photography; invented by Kodak and it killed Kodak.

      1. boltar Silver badge

        Re: The trouble is ...

        Having business types who know the square root of bugger all about technology running technology companies never ends well. John Sculley, Steve Balmer. Need I say more.

        1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

          Re: The trouble is ...

          @boltar

          Not so sure about that. I think Lou Gerstner did pretty well with IBM. Good bosses are generally good in whichever domain they work in because they work out which people to listen to.

      2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

        Re: The trouble is ...

        I think your detector of limey irony is faulty.

  2. Howard Hanek Bronze badge

    How the Once Mighty Are Fallen

    Do todays IT people even KNOW anything about Xerox Palo Alto and their contributions?

    Doesn't sound like it.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: How the Once Mighty Are Fallen

      I'm not sure Xerox remembers that.

  3. Cameron Colley

    Pstt, it's Ursula Burns (as in Mr.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_Burns

  4. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Unhappy

    I still kind of like Xerox.

    HP "We've got a woman CEO."

    Xerox "So did we, now we have another one. But she's busy doing business."

    And of course Xerox did not buy Autonomy, although I'm not sure if they were offered it.

    But they didn't buy it.

  5. boltar Silver badge

    So mergers are out, splits are in

    Seems CEOs used to want to buy up companies. Now its break them up (Hello HP). How about they just try f**king run what they have properly in the first place? Seems its just another product of the "We must do something, this is something easy and looks good on the CV, lets do it" school of management.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: So mergers are out, splits are in

      Actually the current trend is merge and demerge as exemplified by the Dow and Dupont deal but also with Dell and EMC. This is the most tax efficient way of reducing competition in the relevant sectors: less competition means higher profits.

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