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Unformatted text preview: g these meetings, teams made recommendations about
integration decisions. Webb and I would consider the recommendations and often
sent them back to the teams for more work. Members of the teams would
sometimes debate and come to a consensus recommendation, or a consensus
position of agreeing to disagree. Webb and I then made the Adopt-and-Go
On Thursdays, Carly held her half-day Steering Committee meeting. Webb and I
were on the agendas for these meetings; we would present or bring others in to
present and make recommendations about important status items of the merger
and different decisions, such as the merger product roadmaps, management
decisions, restructuring plans, consolidation plans, etc.
PROFILE OF AN INTEGRATION CHALLENGE: IT
A critical area to get right from day one, especially for a computer technology company, was that
of IT integration issues. Cobblers’ children may have the worst shoes, but there is no way that
25 Robert Napier, former CIO of Compaq and CIO of the merged HP and Compaq died on October 13, 2003. This document is authorized for use by Xiaolei Cong, from 11/30/2012 to 2/28/2013, in the course:
MGMT 237: 001 Management of Technology - Chaudhuri (Spring 2013), University of Pennsylvania.
Any unauthorized use or reproduction of this document is strictly prohibited. HP and Compaq Combined: In Search of Scale and Scope, SM-130 p. 18 HP could afford to bungle this aspect of its integration. Within the Clean Team, two managers,
one from Compaq and the other from HP, led this work. From the HP side, Pete Karolczak,
former CIO of HP’s Consumer Business, managed IT integration. Karolczak spoke of the
importance of IT to companies today: “IT has become so much part of the fabric of a company, it
is not a tool, it is as heavy as the supply chain, as physical as the sites in which we sit.”26
The efforts to integrate HP’s and Compaq’s IT assets, including critical networking and Web
functions touched on all aspects of the companies. A close examination of this...
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