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HP Rounds Up EDS

With Microsoft-Yahoo fizzing, another mega-acquisition that's actually happening is stealing the spotlight. HP is turning itself into (even more of) a services giant by snapping up EDS for $13.9 billion. Analysts and observers are setting the whole thing up as a big HP challenge to IBM, the global services giant.

First of all, from a Microsoft perspective, we're guessing that this means that HP is on board with recommending Dynamics CRM; after all, EDS said at Convergence that it was.

Beyond that, HP and Microsoft are longtime allies; Microsoft and IBM, not so much. So maybe Microsoft partners will see some sort of trickle-down from an HP-EDS leviathan. That is, of course, if HP can manage to actually swallow and integrate EDS, which remains, as always, to be seen.

Posted by Lee Pender on 05/14/2008 at 1:22 PM


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