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HP Confirms Printer, PC Groups Merger

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The merged division will not be called the Printing and Personal Systems Group.

HP has confirmed reports that it plans to shove its Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) division into the Personal Systems Group (PSG) lead by Todd Bradley. The combined entity will officially be called the Printing and Personal Systems Group, and as reported on Tuesday, Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president of IPG, will be leaving the company.

On Wednesday HP said that Joshi will be retiring after a 31-year career at HP. Under Joshi’s leadership, IPG has grown revenue from $19 billion to $26 billion, and doubled its operating profit to approximately $4 billion.

"VJ embodies the spirit of HP and his impact on the company has been tremendous," said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer, HP. "Under his leadership, IPG accelerated innovation and pioneered solutions that transformed the printing market. We wish him the very best as he embarks on a new chapter in his life."

The newly christened Printing and Personal Systems Group (PPSG) is part of HP's "organizational realignment" to improve performance and drive profitable growth across the entire HP portfolio. HP said that combining these two entities will rationalize HP’s go-to-market strategy, branding, supply chain and customer support worldwide.

"This will lead to a better customer experience and drive innovation across personal computing and printing," the company explained on Wednesday. "This realignment is expected to provide opportunities for cost savings and accelerate HP’s ability to pursue profitable growth and reinvest in the business."

In addition to the new PPSG, HP said it is also taking steps to unify and streamline certain key business functions. The Global Accounts Sales organization will join the HP Enterprise Group led by David Donatelli which now includes Enterprise Servers, Storage, Networking and Technology Services.

HP also plans to unify its Marketing functions across business units under Marty Homlish, executive vice president and chief marketing officer. HP’s Communications employees worldwide will be similarly unified under Henry Gomez, executive vice president and chief communications officer. The company is even moving the Global Real Estate function from Finance into Global Technology and Business Processes.

"Ensuring we have the right organizational structure in place is a critical first step in driving improved execution, and increasing effectiveness and efficiency," Whitman stated. "The result will be a faster, more streamlined, performance-driven HP that is customer focused and poised to capitalize on rapidly shifting industry trends."

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    jdamon113 , March 21, 2012 3:03 PM
    HP is such bullshit.
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    zorky9 , March 21, 2012 3:12 PM
    The merged division will not be called the Printing and Personal Systems Group.
    The combined entity will officially be called the Printing and Personal Systems Group

    make up your mind. :) 
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    kentlowt , March 21, 2012 3:21 PM
    The only thing that is bs is the part about improving customer service. Of course I don't know of any computer related company that has any customer service to begin with. It seems like a foreign idea to companies now days.
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    Onus , March 21, 2012 3:22 PM
    Sounds a lot like rock-painting to me.
    HP needs to remember it is a PRINTER company first. I just hope aligning printers with personal computers means they will get their Universal Fail drivers working.
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    ubercake , March 21, 2012 4:17 PM
    How about this?...

    A touchscreen PC/Printer all-in-one with print drivers you don't have to re-install every three months.

    Golden.
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    captaincharisma , March 21, 2012 6:40 PM
    well good thing i got that epson printer a few weeks ago instead of a HP
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    Onus , March 21, 2012 7:20 PM
    Sad how few comments there have been; just shows how irrelevant HP is becoming.
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    f-14 , March 21, 2012 7:24 PM
    i quit buying and recommending HP products when they started requiring bloatware software just to install a driver to make their product work.
    i will have to switch completely to konica minolta printers now that kodak is done for.
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    Slickrick214 , March 21, 2012 8:01 PM
    jdamon113HP is such bullshit.


    Pff better than shitty Dell with their shitty parts. I've had both and Dells were nothing but trouble and the HP's/ Compaq's have been pretty much problem free for years. The only problem I've had with HP is a crashed HDD which could happen to anyone.
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    eddieroolz , March 21, 2012 8:15 PM
    HP printers, especially the enterprise oriented ones are actually quite nice.
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    g00fysmiley , March 21, 2012 8:31 PM
    Slickrick214Pff better than shitty Dell with their shitty parts. I've had both and Dells were nothing but trouble and the HP's/ Compaq's have been pretty much problem free for years. The only problem I've had with HP is a crashed HDD which could happen to anyone.


    now, now... I think we can all agree that there is enough fail between both companies... i wouldn't buy a product from either one... well unless a new WebOS procuct was released but that is very unlikely
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    weatherdude , March 21, 2012 9:06 PM
    I hate HP printers/MFC's with a passion. The hardware is fine and dandy but MY GOD the software is a horribly bloated nightmare. I don't know when they decided having drivers taking up hundreds of megabytes and requiring multiple restarts just to install or uninstall was a good idea. I thought Adobe or Apple was bad but HP takes the cake.
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    danwat1234 , March 21, 2012 9:19 PM
    @weatherdude, don't get the drivers through HP then, go through windows update. The basic printer/scanner driver is not very big
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    DRosencraft , March 21, 2012 10:48 PM
    Of the major system builders (HP, Dell, Sony, and Toshiba), the companies that let you go to their website and let you pick your parts for a system, HP is the best. Obviously I'm not talking about the aftermarket crowd, like most of us here, who buy a case and the bits and put them together. I'm talking about the places you can go to on the web and choose a series and pick from a few options of CPUs, GPUs and a few options on software. Of those companies, HP has the best selection of parts for their systems. Toshiba tends to be the best at keeping bloat-ware to a minimum, but HP isn't that far behind. and of course, HP and Toshiba tend to be the cheaper options.

    This move on its own is not particularly noteworthy actually. It simply is a step to cut overhead in the company. It's unclear how this will actually affect products, as cost cutting for bottom-line finances sake or efficiency's sake doesn't always necessarily mean a change in product quality one way or another. It will be in the market for a new laptop later this year, and the HP dv7 series is among my finalists right now.
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    xerroz , March 22, 2012 1:48 AM
    An HP printer I bought 8 years ago is still alive and kicking. At least the printer hardware is something they do right, although I'm not sure if the quality is still as good today.
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    Shin-san , March 22, 2012 1:55 AM
    I remember HP drivers ranging from 200-1000 megabytes. Brother laser printer: 10 megabytes.
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    captaincharisma , March 22, 2012 3:01 AM
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    An HP printer I bought 8 years ago is still alive and kicking. At least the printer hardware is something they do right, although I'm not sure if the quality is still as good today.


    yea thats fine and all but enjoy spending up to 100 bucks in ink cartridges and thats if you buy both black
    and color at the same time. you can buy a brand new printer for less than the cost of replacement ink for a HP printer
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    captaincharisma , March 22, 2012 3:03 AM
    Quote:
    How about this?...

    A touchscreen PC/Printer all-in-one with print drivers you don't have to re-install every three months.

    Golden.


    what would be better if they gave us back the option to just download the driver instead of the whole printer package with their crapware
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    Anonymous_26 , March 22, 2012 6:10 PM
    g00fysmileynow, now... I think we can all agree that there is enough fail between both companies... i wouldn't buy a product from either one... well unless a new WebOS procuct was released but that is very unlikely


    I would not buy an OEM computer since now I build my own but if I had to buy an OEM computer it would be an HP and if I had to recommend a OEM computer to someone it would be HP. I have owned HP/Compaq computers and printers forever and have had little to no problems. Enough fail between both companies, what fails?

    Hardware- never had a motherboard, video card or RAM die or have major problems. Thats more than I can say for Dell, Gateway or any of the other major OEM computers.

    HDD- Yea it failed on me but that could happen to anyone on big box computers or homebuilt. I've had homebuilt HDD's fail on me too. I don't blame HP for the HDD failure I blame Western Digital.

    Customer service- The few times I have had to call CS (once for the HDD mentioned above and once for a blown PSU) the people were nice, it was quick and I had a replacement part shipped to me free of charge overnight. That's more than I can say for Dell's s***** customer service were you talk to a bunch of ignorant monkey's reading from a script. and good luck trying to not be on the phone for anything less than four hours.

    From my time using OEM computers HP has always been reliable and nothing but good. Unless I noticed things really going down the toilet like they did with Dell I will continue to recommend HP.