Posted by: Tom Nolle
Cisco, HP, IBM, IT
HP is nearing an agreement to acquire EDS, which would make it the second-largest integrator in the world after IBM and a truly formidable challenger to IBM for perhaps the first time. The deal comes as the role of IT is shifting in the market in general, due to the emergence of the SOA-driven IT cycle, and also to a shifting relationship between IT and networking. While the deal highlights competition in the IT space, it also has implications for Cisco, whose software/service initiative is the company’s primary growth strategy. EDS has also had relationships with network vendors and a not-too-successful strategy to integrate networks and services it launched with Level 3.