IT managers have nothing to fear in HP, Compaq plan: IDC

IT professionals should not be concerned about the proposed merger of Compaq Computer with Hewlett-Packard, according to analysts IDC.

Merv Langby, IDC Australia's chief analyst, said the merger "shouldn't make any difference at all. Each company will continue to operate as self-contained entities [until the merger is complete]."

"Neither company will fold in the meantime and I think they will be even more focused on customer relationships."

Langby said both companies have established a long tradition of good service in Australia.

With regards to reports that product lines will be eliminated following the completion of the take over, Langby said IT managers "should not harbour any fears" about the deal.

"Neither company will dramatically walk away from technology, this would not send a positive message to their customer base."

"Both players have a healthy proportion of the blue chip players, so they would be shooting themselves in the foot if they made any drastic changes."

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