5 Questions for New Teradata CEO Michael Koehler
As NCR gets ready to spin off its data warehousing subsidiary, the top exec explains the thinking behind the move and what it means for tech managers. (Baseline)NCR announced plans this week to spin off its Teradata data-warehousing subsidiary as an independent company. NCR, which is best known as a provider of ATMs and retail checkout machines, had sales of $4.5 billion in 2005, excluding Teradata. The Teradata division, one of the biggest players in the data warehousing and business intelligence market, had sales of $1.5 billion and operating income of $309 million. Baseline contributing editor Mel Duvall spoke with new Teradata chief executive Michael Koehler about the timing of the move and what it will mean for customers moving forward. Baseline: What was the reason behind the spinoff, and why did it make sense to do it now?
Koehler: It was a very logical decision in the sense that Teradata and NCR are very different businesses. Teradata is a market leader in its category, data warehousing, and on the NCR side of the house, you have a business that is a market leader in ATMs and other self-service devices. So, it was a very logical thing to spin off the two companies so they could go and focus on their own businesses. In regard to timing, over the past three or four years NCR executed a very strong turnaround in terms of profitability, and its stock price has greatly appreciated during that time period. Also during that time period, Teradata grew 12% in 2004 and 9% in 2005, and our own profitability grew to the point where Teradata is a very successful business on its own. Basically, the two companies both have attractive businesses going forward. Five years ago, we werent in the state were in today.