Merger won't halt revival of DECUS in NZ

Compaq or no Compaq, a user group whose origins go back to Digital Equipment days is to be revived.

Compaq or no Compaq, a user group whose origins go back to Digital Equipment days is to be revived.

DECUS (Digital Equipment Computer Users Society) has transformed itself into a Compaq user group elsewhere in the world. But its local chapter went into hibernation following the 1998 Digital-Compaq merger.

Now the group’s last local head, Alan Dick, says there’s support for a DECUS revival.

“There’s a need for user organisations in terms of community,” says Dick, who is based in the Bay of Plenty and administers Compaq systems.

“They perform an advocacy role that provides feedback to suppliers.”

Dick says the eventual disappearance of Compaq as result of the HP merger, further weakening the Digital link, is irrelevant to the user group.

“DECUS might be called DECUS but the name has no meaning these days. It’s a brand name.

“I don’t see Digital legacy stuff as that important.”

If he ends up working with HP equipment, he’ll be closing a circle. “Twenty years ago I was an HP user. It has a history of making excellent products.”

He doesn’t see the merger, and the demise of the Compaq brand, as reducing competition.

Dick says he’s started contacting Auckland names in the 500-member DECUS database and more than 90% of past members say they want to be kept informed of efforts to revive the group.

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