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ITWorld Forums: Discussion with Hervé Gallaire, January 23 to 25, 2001

Jan 24, 2001, 22:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"Hervé Gallaire is vice president for research and technology with Xerox Corporation. Gallaire, a senior vice president and Xerox's highest-ranking technologist, oversees a budget of a billion dollars invested in seven engineering centers worldwide, including the famous PARC. Join Gallaire and Cameron Laird for this online interview -- and feel free to ask questions of your own! Interview runs January 23 to 25."

"Hervé Gallaire has a tough job. His employer, Xerox Corporation, is widely regarded as powerful, but rather flabby and disappointingly unprofitable. His own budget, for the world-wide Research segment, must look like a pure cost to those interested in short-term results. In fact, Xerox has publicly emphasized during the last year its intention to refocus Research and Technology and derive more benefit from it. In October, Xerox announced a search for innovative financial partnerships with outside companies which would amount to selling pieces of the famous PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) and perhaps other Research assets."

"Xerox is a fully "digital" company in the year 2001; that's Research's great accomplishment over the last couple of decades. Dr. Gallaire, what difference will Xerox Research and Technology make during your tenure? You've stressed "e-business-oriented research" while continuing to fund futuristic MEMS, robotic, and even social scientific projects. Is your job just to "run a tight ship" or do you set a loftier standard for yourself?"

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