HP-Decus group makes progress

A group representing users of HP, Compaq and Digital equipment is still under formation.

A group representing users of HP, Compaq and Digital equipment is still under formation.

Group head Alan Dick had hoped to bring speakers to New Zealand following a user group conference in Sydney late last month.

However, he wants to "build critical mass" in membership numbers first.

Dick says 273 members are registered for his group, while 700 potential members are to be followed up.

In September the recently renamed HP-Decus (Distributed Enterprise Computing Users Society) plans to stage technical sessions covering local area communications, networking and storage.

Dick says New Zealand members are "quite happy" with the progress of the HP-Compaq merger to date, saying the new company is keeping to its product road maps and would be offering a more comprehensive range of solutions and be as large as IBM.

HP national solutions and marketing manager Michael Bell is helping the group form, including linking HP-DECUS with the remnants of an old group of Compaq users. He attended a meeting with Dick and others late last month.

"They [HP-Decus] have pretty strong objectives in creating a new entity and a lot of good things are happening. They are a vital channel of information between the manufacturer, the channel and the partners," Bell says.

Late last month, several hundred members of the equivalent Digital Equipment Corporation Users Society and Australian Tandem User Group (OZTUG) met in Sydney. Compaq bought Tandem several years ago.

Both of their leaders were unavailable for comment last week, but they told Computerworld Australia that the current merger appears top be working far better than Compaq's acquisition of Digital in 1998, with HP choosing to support key technologies from Compaq and Digital.

"This does suggest that the combined company is going for engineering quality, and that will give them the edge," says Roger Caffin, chairman of the 1000-member Australian Decus.

Tony Bond, president of the 500-member OZTUG, said: "We're pretty opimistic about the future."

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