The new Hewlett Packard (HP), formed by the largest IT merger in history, will be officially launched in San Francisco later today.
The launch is expected to include an employee meeting, a news conference with company executives, and announcements regarding which product lines will be retained.
According to analysts, both HP and Compaq customers could be in for some surprises as the new company takes advantage of the merger to clean out some products and brands from the combined line-up.
Compaq's OpenVMS and Tru64 Unix software and HP's Netaction infrastructure software are likely to be among the first casualties, according to Gartner analyst Paul McGuckin.
While customers may see existing products killed off they may also be able to win major discounts from the new HP as the company works to retain customers and prove the value of the merger.
HP and Compaq customers aren't the only ones having to face changes. Employees have known since the deal was announced that 15,000 people were set to be cut from the combined company.
While the product and branding roadmap are the initial priorities, headcount changes will develop throughout the year.
Yesterday HP's ticker symbol changed from HWP to HPQ. The change, according to HP chief executive Carly Fiorina, is intended as a tribute to the contributions of both companies in forming the new company.
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