Linked by Terry Shannon on Mon 7th Mar 2005 07:48 UTC
Editorial With HP's high-flying CEO Carly Fiorina departing, the company's woes are well known. But how did a firm with such a storied history and vast assets get headed down the wrong path, and what do they need to do to set their course straight?
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why digital
by Jeffb on Mon 7th Mar 2005 15:25 UTC

It's strange why Compaq bought Digital and hence acquired Alpha. If the article is correct and that Compaq didn't spend much on research, why bother with Digital? Seems like lack of planning and foresight to me.

They wanted the digital service business. Compaq didn't have any way to provide on location services to business while DEC had a great organisation which was well liked by their clients. The problem was Compaq people wanted to move into PC solutions while DEC employees (but not execs) saw PCs as the desktop component of a VMS solution. DEC execs and Compaq execs saw the world the same way but their employees were much further apart and had trouble working out the details together.

A great example was that Compaq owned far and away the most compex and innovative C compiler on the market (GEM). Essentially .Net 10 years earlier. But what were they going to do attack Visual Studio?