Compaq has left its newly acquired Digital employees in the UK sweating for another month after it said today that details of job cuts would not be finalised for another month.
Although 15,000 Digital and 2,000 Compaq jobs are to be cut following the $9 billion-plus takeover of Digital completed last week, Compaq's UK managing director Ray McNally admitted that they were unable to announce even how many would be going from the combined 7,900 UK workforce.
"There's no question there is duplication and there will be rationalisation," he admitted.
"We plan to have the management team in place by the end of July and in the UK have the two companies fully integrated by the end of the third quarter," added McNally.
The company gave the clearest indication yet that Windows NT was its preferred operating system.
"What we are looking to build particularly in the UK is the NT juggernaut. We will protect the investments of our customers in Tandem and Digital operating systems but when the time is right for them we are focused on making the migration to NT as hassle free as possible," said Vesey Crichton, director of enterprise business.
The company launched its Packaged Solutions ISV programme aimed at encouraging software vendors to develop for or port applications to NT.
Compaq was still unable to announce exactly how Digital products such as Alpha servers, the Storageworks storage range, or its PC/Notebook products would fit into the Compaq range. The company said it would be announcing a palmtop product very shortly.
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