back to article Alibaba to separate into six parts. Take that HP and IBM, with your puny two-way splits

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has decided to break itself into six smaller entities – one of which will include its hyperscale public cloud. A Tuesday filing [PDF] revealed "a new organizational and governance structure to empower all our businesses to become more agile, enhance decision making, enable faster responses to …

  1. Paul Herber Silver badge

    I've been waiting to use the word 'sexfurcation' for a long time.

    1. Bartholomew Bronze badge

      I learned something new today, that always makes me happy! But I do feel stupid. I actually had to lookup "bifurcation" to confirm what it meant and then stick "sixth" into an English to Latin translator (sixth->sextus). I could not find it listed in any online dictionaries (plugged "sexfurcation define" into a search engine), but it is a totally legitimate and 100% valid English word, just hardly ever used.

      bifurcation - the division of something into two branches or parts

      trifurcation -to divide or fork into three branches or parts

      quadfurcation - forking or division into four branches or parts

      pentfurcation - forking or division into five branches or parts

  2. Kev99 Silver badge

    Interesting. Their splitting up implies the controlling board is so anal retentive that no one can do anything.

  3. Ashto5 Bronze badge

    Divide and conquer

    Separates in to many headed hydra

    There will be little chance to compete with it

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