Potential lifeline shows users' clout

Commenting on Hewlett-Packard's decision to reconsider the future of MPE, Ian Severn, co-chairman of the UK HP User Group (HPUG),...

Commenting on Hewlett-Packard's decision to reconsider the future of MPE, Ian Severn, co-chairman of the UK HP User Group (HPUG), said, "Some users will see this as a lifeline to extend use of existing e3000/MPE machines. Others may already be down the migration track, but it does show that with user pressure, HP listens."

Fellow HPUG co-chairman John Owen suggested things may come to a head at the main HP user conference in the US in August. He said, "HP has made an interesting variation to its policy. The MPE user group is very loyal and very cohesive, so the August event may prove to be interesting."

Mike Edwards, chairman of Transoft, a company involved in helping HP users to migrate away from MPE and adopt more open systems, said any extension to the life of MPE would be short-lived.

"Since HP's announcement regarding the termination of the e3000 product line we have seen an increasing number of its users move to open systems in order to benefit from better performance, functionality and connectivity," he said.

"Though MPE on the HP 9000 might meet the short-term needs of some users, we believe the move to open systems makes strategic sense for the vast majority of e3000 users."

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