HP outlines future for EDS staff

Hewlett-Packard has spelt out its plans to redeploy staff from EDS.

Hewlett-Packard has spelt out its plans to redeploy staff from EDS, the IT services company it bought in August for £6bn.

This week Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it will make 24,600 staff redundant over three years, 1,500 from the UK.

Tom Hogan, HP's senior vice-president of software, said HP will combine all consulting and integration operations with its software branch in a unit called HP Software and Solutions. Robin Purohit will run HP Software and Solutions. He will also replace Ben Horowitz as head of business technology optimisation (BTO).

A spokesman for HP UK confirmed the plans, adding: "Clarity around the UK business will take time, with the European Workers' Council meeting next week."

The company will also create a communications and media solutions unit, combining its communications, media and entertainment branch with its OpenCall operation. Former Alcatel executive Erwan Menard will run it.

Some staff will join HP's lifecycle management programme, rebranded as service and support. It will be led by HP UK's Andy Isherwood, currently vice-president of support and services at HP Software.

Those left will join the company's Neoview operation to form a branch known as HP Business Intelligence Solutions and headed by Christina Robinson, former vice-president of sales and consulting for HP's imaging and printing group.

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