: HP Not Threatened by Dell Printer Sales"> Fiornia defended the Itanium strategy and, more generally, HPs commitment to heterogeneous computing environments. She noted that Microsoft and HP are aligned not only around Itanium but also around Microsofts .Net initiative. Fiorina said that her company is the only systems and platform provider that is supporting Linux/Unix and .Net/Windows and the interoperability between them. She differentiated her strategy from competitorsparticularly IBMs. "IBMs approach to this is have it IBMs way," she said. "We think customers would rather do it their way."As for the merger process in general, Fiorina said she is pleased that she has proven naysayers wrong. The process remains on track and the company is meeting or surpassing its integration milestones, including cost cutting, she said. The combined company has been able to identify billions of dollars of synergies through workforce reductions, real estate and procurement, among other things. "We are receiving from our suppliers a cost benefit that is not common across the entire industry," she said. Related Stories:
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Another benefit of the merger is that the company can sustain a high level of research and development despite the difficult economy, Fiorina said, adding that HP will focus its R&D where it can make a unique contribution, particularly in imaging.