HP’s decision to acquire EDS cannot be faulted when measured against all the standard metrics for doing a mega-deal in the traditional technology world. It gives both companies greater scale and access to more corporate customers without a lot of overlap.
The problem is that we are in the midst of a fundamental change in the way customers acquire technology and the way they perceive their vendors. The HP/EDS combination doesn’t fit this new world order.
There is no question that EDS strengthens HP’s hand when it comes to building and managing complex enterprise data centers. The acquisition also gives EDS ready access to HP’s installed base of customers.
Wherever there are big systems integration and ongoing management projects to be won, HP/EDS will be in a better position to compete with IBM and the off-shoring companies than they were a day ago … Read More »