With news swirling that HP, one of the largest computer makers, plans to spin off its PC business, I thought of possible alliances.
I heard from just one source so far that Samsung Electronics might be in the mix.
Another report that surfaced the week of August 15th has HP spinning off its PC division into a separate company similar to the way ProCurve operated. ProCurve was owned by HP and run independently until last year when it was integrated along with3Com and 3Par to become HP Networking.
Things have definitely changed at HP afterLeo Apotheker took over as CEO. Under Mark Hurd, HP boldly claimed it owned everything from the data centre on down to the end point. With talk that HP is shipping out its end points I wonder what the claims will be now.
So what about Samsung Electronics? The South Korean-based consumer electronics maker is a giant sporting semiconductor and telecom businesses. It has well over 200,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing plants. It event has its own town – Samsung Town – a suburb of Seoul, South Korea. Samsung makes similar equipment from notebooks, to smart phones to Galaxy Tab devices. They also have printers that have become popular alternatives to HP printers. If they get HP’s PC division it would definitely strengthen the company as it can become part of its core computing competency.
Or they can go the IBM route and keep a portion of the PC division. IBM holds a 17 per cent stake in Lenovo, for example.
Apotheker, who was a former CEO of SAP, has said he wants to expand its software business and become a cloud provider.