Is HP Losing Its Agnostic Faith?
HP's boss should practice what she preaches.In a recent address to customers and resellers, Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina declared the controversial, $19 billion acquisition of Compaq a success and took a swipe at competitorsparticularly IBMwhich, Fiorina said, has reverted to its 1980s services strategy of pushing its own products at the expense of customer choice. Without taking sides regarding IBMs practices, we wholeheartedly agree that enterprises will increasingly rely on integrators and other service providers that furnish objective technology expertise. As enterprises navigate the brave, new, open world of Web services, they cant afford to be locked into a narrow range of proprietary products from a single vendor.
Unfortunately, in one of the new HPs most significant post-merger announcements to dateits recent pledge of loyalty to Microsofts .Net initiativethe company seems to be contradicting Fiorinas noble premise. Under the deal, not only will HP become an officially designated prime integrator for .Net, but Microsoft and HP also will invest $60 million to promote .Net and train 5,000 HP salespeople and 3,000 HP engineers and consultants on .Net platforms.