The unlikely marriage between IT hardware suppliers and IT service providers was probably hard to fathom a few years ago. But today it is common practice.
We all know about the take-over of EDS by HP and Dell's acquisition of Perot Systems is also well documented.
Forrester analyst John McCarthy describes how HP's datacentre rationalisation process, which will lead to 9000 job losses, is a refection of how the market is...
I wrote a story recently about what mergers and acquisitions in the IT sector mean to CIOs.
It talked about how large suppliers can take technologies to the next level.