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9/5/2001: IBM in danger: HP acquires Compaq!!
Two of the biggest American companies of the sector, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq, have announced his imminent merger. After the agreement, the HP shareholders will remain with 64 % approximately of the new company and those of Compaq with 36 %. This merger believe the biggest company in the world of the computer science concerning servants, personal computers and printers, in addition to with important interests in other matters.
Companies as IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell or Gateway will not have received well the news because a serious competitor has gone out for them, especially at workstations and servants; really, in the above mentioned sector they have created products with almost all the important technologies and all kinds of mikes: Alpha, RISC of HP, mikes Intel...
Unfortunately, this resources duplicity in multiple tasks will bring with it an important number of dismissals on the part of both companies. And in spite of everything, they still will not reach the highest position occupied by IBM thanks to his diversification in other areas of the software, in services, in consultancy, etc. (during a time it was allowed not to make the enclosed blue giant PCs "servants", for being slightly profitable and being more than insurances of the consolidation of his image of mark).
Probably one of the motives of this historical movement has been the descent of sales of PCs and components that have accused all the marks the same year. Perhaps the expectations were too optimistic or perhaps the user, including the managerial one, do not need any more for the time being. Enclosed Toshiba has a plan of "sanitation" thought-out, for saying it somehow (there be read "dismissals while we think something").
Finally, we have just attended the birth of a new GIANT, with sufficient power to mark the next tendencies. The news is not for desmerecer, but I hope that this should serve, for example, to lower the prices of the consumable ones of the printers. Yes, I know it, ingenuous what I am...
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News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship