HP's UK boss has predicted life will be "really hard" for Dell and EMC for up to 18 months after their planned merger closes, claiming he is "loving it" because HP is in such a strong position in comparison.
Speaking to CRN as HP splits in two, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's UK managing director Andy Isherwood (pictured, right) said he does not envy the pair's planned mega-merger after his numerous acquisition experiences during his long tenure at HP.
"I've done big acquisitions - I have been at HP for 28 years," he said. "I have gone through EDS, I have gone through Compaq, I have gone thr
ough Peregrine [Systems], I have gone through Mercury [Interactive]! I have done all of those acquisitions and some of those have been huge.
"You know what happens with huge acquisitions? It is really hard. It's not hard for a week. It is hard for 18 months. When you're saddled with $87bn of debt and you're owned by a VC - that is going to hurt. That is going to hurt."
He added that unlike Dell and EMC - which are still a way away from closing the deal, let alone starting to integrate - HP is ready and raring to go now.
"For me it is quite simple and I look at it quite personally - I actually quite like the seat I have got," he said. "That's really good for me because I can focus on the things I have got, rather than the things I haven't got. What haven't I got that I need to go and get? Honestly?
"I have got a great services capability - best in class. I have got the best server technology - world leading, market-share leader. It is the same with storage with the acquisitions we have made [and] our flash technology developments. Networking - we've made a great acquisition with Aruba. I need to make it work. What asset haven't I got? You tell me an asset I haven't got and I will tell you if I need to worry about going and getting it."
Dell and EMC are predicting that regulatory and shareholder approval may take upwards of six months to secure. Isherwood said timing is crucial in the technology industry.
"You're out of this business on holiday for three weeks and it feels like you've been away for three years. Honestly," he said. "I drove past the Dell car park the other day and it was full! It has never been full! You know what they are all doing? They are all in internal meetings! I am loving it. I have got what I need. For me, it is about execution. All I have to do is execute because I have got the assets I have got."
Distributor merges three northern sites into one new hub in Warrington
Activist investor puts forward five director candidates as turmoil continues at security giant
Nima Green asks what is driving public cloud uptake in Germany
Cybersecurity specialists claim that some generalist VARs are failing their customers