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Sep 30 2009   7:57PM GMT

Huge HP changes on deck

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Whoa.

Is HP really going to converge its once-sacred printer business with the PC group? Yes, according to a Wall Street Journal report (password required) today.

There is no comment from the computing giant, which kicks off  its new fiscal year in November. Citing unnamed sources, the Journal reports that CEO Mark Hurd is “finalizing” plans to shmoosh the printer and PC businesses together under Todd Bradley, the current PC chief. That would be a huge issue for HP’s long-time printer guru  Vyomesh Joshi, or VJ.

There’s also scuttlebutt among HP partners that channel chief Adrian Jones is about to change roles. Again, the big “No Comment,” from HP. IF that’s true it could be why HP cancelled a planned SMB channel event for the press  in Cupertino this week. All of this is happening as HP is trying to publicize tweaks to its PartnerOne channel program.

It’s no secret that the printer business hasn’t been as good to HP of late compared to its glory days. Earlier this month HP inked rights to sell rival Canon printers to take up some slack, for example.  Five years ago, the printer and ink made up a whopping 70% of HP profits.

In the PC era (and by PC i mean, Post Carly) Hurd has been on a march…filling real and perceived gaps in HPs lineup. Buying Electronic Data Systems for IT services and LeftHand Networks for storage.

 

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