ASPects: June 25, 2001
Rumors of Xuma's death may be exaggerated, but only slightly.Xumas Disappearing Act Rumors of Xumas death may be exaggerated, but only slightly. Calls to the San Francisco headquarters of the infrastructure and managed service provider get a persistent busy signal, and regional offices dont answer the phone. "Have we shut down? Not quite yet," a harried-sounding service representative said earlier this month. "We are currently still around and serving customers." The contact person he provided did not return calls. Mike Davis, until recently Xumas regional sales manager for Southern California, says management laid off almost all employees on June 1, after an earlier work force reduction failed to right the company. "The planning, or lack of planning, was so helter-skelter," notes Davis, who says he was accompanied by the Xumas chief technology officer to a major sales call on the day before the shutdown. Davis says management has not declared bankruptcy and may try to salvage some value from existing customers, but he thinks theyve missed their chance. "Smart customers are going somewhere else quickly," he says.