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All We Know Are the Facts – the HP Acquisition of Mercury is Complete Since I am in Los Angeles this week, I am in a Dragnet kind of a mood, and as Sgt. Joe Friday would say – “All we know are the facts, ma'am" The facts are: • The HP acquisition of Mercury is completed • The cost to HP $4.5 billion in cash • The acquisition was announced on July 25, 2006 • The acquisition was closed on November 7, 2006 All we know are the facts – all we know for certain. The more important issues around this acquisition are about what is not seen or heard. On HP.com , banner ads for HP and Mercury, HP printers and toner, HP storage, and HP laptops rotate. The position of “Business outcome. The next big thing in IT” swaps places with HP’s VoodooPC acquisition. What is wrong with a headline screaming that the $4.5 billion acquisition of Mercury is complete? Instead of boldly announcing a successfully completed acquisition in a reasonably short time, viewers are left to watch quirky ads
VMWorld 2006 – VMWare – Software Innovator with a Social Conscience Along with 7,000 others, I am attending VMWare’s third annual conference! Let me reiterate that number – seven thousand attendees at a conference in its third year! VMWare is the new cool! The company is so cool they are not only creating industry changing technology, they are also helping in the global movement to conserve energy ! A software company helping with energy conservation – how 21st century is that? At the opening session of VMWorld, PG&E (electric and natural gas provider to northern and central California) announced an energy conservation plan around server consolidation and virtualization. Businesses can receive a credit from PG&E for $750 - $1350 for every server removed. The program caps at $4 million per company! VMWare is making software that will change the way we use technology. VMWare’s philosophy is to take control of the resources and use what you need, when you need it, and