Fujitsu Merges Hardware/Software, Services into New Company

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-09-22 Print this article Print

The new corporate entity, Fujitsu North America Holding, which opens for business Oct. 1, will combine Fujitsu Consulting, Fujitsu Computer Systems and Fujitsu Transaction Solutions under one unified structure. This is designed to simplify product development and customer relations.

Fujitsu Group has established a new company, Fujitsu North America Holding, to serve as the central clearinghouse for Fujitsu's IT products and services base in North America.

The new corporate entity, which opens for business Oct. 1, will combine Fujitsu Consulting, Fujitsu Computer Systems and Fujitsu Transaction Solutions in one unified corporate structure.

The announcement is similar to the recent Hewlett-Packard/EDS merger in that it represents the incorporation of one of the world's top five software and hardware businesses with one of the largest IT services providers.

Despite the lagging macroeconomy, the IT services sector continues to be a high-growth area. Combining IT services functions with a vendor's core businesses provides administrative economies that generally make good fiscal sense and help enable revenue growth. It also makes life easier in many ways for customers, who can be routed through a corporate structure quicker and more efficiently.

"Consolidating each of the three companies' IT strengths under one structure will generate greater synergies and enable the new organization to better respond to client needs," Farhat Ali, who will serve as president and CEO of the new company, said in a statement. Ali currently is president of Fujitsu Computer Systems.

"With revenues approaching $2 billion annually, the combination of the three companies will rank Fujitsu among the top North American IT services and solutions companies," Ali said. "The benefits of a business of that scale include improved responsiveness to client needs, faster time to market with integrated value-added solutions, greater market presence, improved operational efficiencies and additional support from our key alliance partners."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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