Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq resellers have demanded more information from both companies ahead of the shareholder merger vote on 19 March.
Resellers contacted by vnunet.com had mixed feelings about the implications of any merger between the two, but one constant theme was that not enough information was being passed to sales teams.
"We're still slightly confused," said Nick Patching, sales manager for HP and Compaq reseller Grantham Sutch Associates.
"There's still no real direction from either side apart from 'business as usual', but obviously we want to be in the best possible position assuming that the deal goes through."
And HP boss Carly Fiorina believes that it will.
"The level of support for this merger has been growing, and it is in our judgement more than sufficient to win a positive shareholder vote," Fiorina told a symposium audience this week. The European Commission has approved the merger.
"To my knowledge, it's business as usual," commented Steve Wood, managing director of reseller Parity Computers. "I imagine there'll be limited information until any merger is finally approved, but I cautiously welcome the deal."
Other resellers expressed enthusiasm.
Greg Carlo, a director of HP and Compaq reseller Repton, said that a merger would make both companies stronger in the long run.
"If the vote goes in favour of a merger next month, then I believe there'll be appeals [against it]," he said. "It's then that a whole raft of product information will come out and we'll know what's in and what's out."
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