HPaq is go

The HP/Compaq merger finally got the green light last week, as Walter Hewlett's eleventh hour court case was thrown out. The merger will now be officially announced on 7th May.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  May 1, 2002

The HP/Compaq merger finally got the green light last week, as Walter Hewlett's eleventh hour court case was thrown out. The merger will now be officially announced on 7th May.

Ahead of Wednesday, instead of speculating (once again) on the likely outcome of the merger, whether or not the management can make two plus two equal five, I want to know what, you the channel are thinking. Have customers asked for other brands, or expressed reluctance to buy HP or Compaq? Has either brand been damaged? Have you changed vendors or looked at alternatives to HP or Compaq? What parts of HP and what parts of Compaq should be kept to make the most of the new company? Can the two companies marry their cultures effectively? Who should head the company in this region?

While both companies have devoted hundreds of staff and thousands of hours to forward planning of new company, in a 'clean room' programme, sealed from the normal business of the company, the decision are not all set in stone yet. With the poor track record of large mergers, particularly in the IT industry, it is vital that every interested party has its say. CRN wants to know what you think-drop me a line today.

You may have noticed that for the past few week eCRN has carried a request to renew subscriptions for CRN-that is the monthly print magazine-not this email newsletter. Well, it seems that not enough of you have got online and done this. Just to reiterate, you must renew your details this month to continue getting CRN.

The March 2002 issue should be on its way to subscribers now, but if you haven't renewed your details yet, it is going to be the last copy you get. Unfortunately it is a requirement of our circulation audit company, who provide official independent figures on readership, that we update our data every three years; and with the high turnover of staff in the region, it makes sense to keep our records as up to date as possible.

This means that the magazine goes straight to the people who want it, instead of getting lost in the internal mail or clogging up the in trays of people that don't want to read it. It shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience, as it only takes a minute or two to refresh details, and we would really appreciate it if you as subscribers could take the time to do it.

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