Motorola shuffles IT structure as it looks to 2005

Motorola shuffles IT structure as it looks to 2005

Mobile electronics vendor Motorola has unveiled plans to reorganize its businesses into four groups beginning January 1 as it tweaks its operations to match its long-range strategy.

In an announcement last week, the company said it will focus on four business groups -- personal devices; networks; government and enterprise; and connected home. At the same time, the company is seeking a new CIO to help centralize and improve its IT organization.

Ed Zander, Motorola's chairman and CEO, said the reorganization will allow the company to "capitalize on new opportunities" to deliver seamless mobility services to customers. The company expects to complete the reorganization in the first quarter of 2005.

In its personal devices unit, Motorola plans to combine its personal communications businesses for economies of scale and consistent design. The new unit will also be responsible for phone-centric devices for businesses and home users.

In its networks unit, Motorola will consolidate its network businesses into a single organization that focuses on existing cellular radio access networks, core IP networks, embedded communications and computer platforms and a new 802.XX mobile broadband group.

The government and enterprise unit will consolidate several businesses under one banner, while the connected home division will serve cable and satellite customers to deliver products for home broadband users.

All four units will be served by centralized support functions. And as part of the reorganization, the company plans to revamp oversight of its supply chain operations, including manufacturing, distribution and procurement worldwide.

A spokesman for Motorola could not be reached for comment.

Motorola had sales of US$27.1 billion in 2003.

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