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HP/Compaq: A bumpy ride to future glory?

With shareholders having given the green light to the HP/Compaq merger, subject to an official ratification of the vote, HP...

With shareholders having given the green light to the HP/Compaq merger, subject to an official ratification of the vote, HP supremo Carly Fiorina is going full steam ahead with the integration of the two companies.But will users be better served by the new giant, and will Fiorina be able to tackle IBM's dominance of the global IT services market?Many observers believe a bumpy road lies ahead with the prospect of disruption for users. The articles below will bring you up to speed on the story so far.

HP claims victory in Compaq merger vote
A "slim but sufficient" majority of Hewlett-Packard shareholders has approved the company's proposed $21bn (£15bn) acquisition of Compaq Computer, according to HP chairwoman and chief executive officer Carly Fiorina
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HP/Compaq users expect post-merger disruption
Shareholders may have approved the merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq last week, but users are still concerned by the sheer size of the integration project faced by the joint company
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HP/Compaq: Facing the services music
In a tight economy there are two ways for a company to distinguish itself - by cost or by service
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HP/Compaq merged company promises R&D benefits
A combined Hewlett-Packard and Compaq would invest as estimated £2.8bn annually in research and development in core technology areas, senior executives of both companies have promised
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This was first published in February 2003

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