Talk of the town

Talk of the town

"The merger is going to have an interesting affect in Australia.

"I would assume there needs to be some rationalisation within the two channels and I imagine that there will be Compaq branded only products in the future."

Braham Shnider, national sales and marketing manager, ITG"We're a close business partner of both companies so this merger will only strengthen our own position. Compaq will be able to achieve dramatic economies of scale now that they rival the size of such giants as Hewlett-Packard and IBM. The real challenge for Compaq will be merging two such massive organisations, especially in the light of its recent acquisition of Tandem. Our challenge will be to convert both Digital and Compaq customers to the new organisation."

Allan Brackin, managing director, AAG Holdings"The move will result in confusion initially regarding the future of the Digital 64-bit Alpha architecture. "The big challenge for Compaq will be shoring up that uncertainty."

Roger Bushell, director sales and marketing, CHA"My greatest concern is that Compaq risks getting bureaucratic like IBM did in the past."

Tony Gattari, general manager of computers communication division, Harvey Norman

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