Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Xerox - HP - EDS

With most of the focus on the IT side of this acquisition some missed the fact that one of EDS's largest clients is Xerox.

From this recent post - "...Although HP's recent announcement to acquire EDS for $13.9 billion (£7.1 billion) may have sparked talk of consolidation in the IT services industry, spare a thought for the impact of this deal on Xerox, a long-standing EDS partner. With HP aggressively looking to widen its footprint in the corporate printing space as part of its Print 2.0 strategy, the acquisition of EDS will help it make further inroads to compete with Xerox Global Services (XGS), currently a $3.4 billion (£1.7 billion) organisation and a key growth engine for Xerox..."

and

"...HP is Xerox's most notable competitor in the MPS market, offering assessment, optimisation and management of the document output environment. Although HP has been ramping up its MPS portfolio, it currently lacks the document lifecycle and workflow and document outsourcing capabilities ... Another key differentiator is multivendor support capabilities—Xerox claims to have approximately one million competitive devices under ...(outsourced) management, made possible by its multivendor trained support staff. Also, Xerox's higher penetration in the high volume production and copy centres gives it the ability to better manage and optimise environments using these devices..."

It will be interesting to see how this all ends up.

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