The picture above is of a young Rainbow Trout in the mouth of a Northern Pike. My assumption is that this was not a staged event and that the young trout was eventually transformed to become part of the Northern Pike. That's how it all works.
The big part of 3PAR's acquisition by HP has completed. The corporate entity known as 3PAR is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the mother ship, HP. A lot is going to happen now that the deal has been consummated. Congratulations to everybody involved in making all of this happen.
The good news to me is that the "No Comment" period is over. For those that don't understand the finer points of "No Comment", I'll explain. No Comment refers to the fact that there is a big deal going down and the absolute last thing on earth you want to do is to somehow derail it up by saying something unfortunate that gets interpreted in a way that was not intended by the wrong people, sparking an investigation into something totally irrelevant, but time consuming. Sort of like placing a photo of a train wreck underneath a discussion of the completed acquisition. From the context, you can tell this photo belongs with a discussion or derailing a deal, but when you leave things open to interpretation, you can get caught in the thorns. I'm seriously hoping nobody misunderstands my intentions in this blog.
It's very likely that the rest of this year is going to involve many fast-paced missions to get 3PAR's products and know-how integrated into HP's business execution. A lot of people said a lot of things about this acquisition, but I give HP a lot of credit in getting this deal done so quickly. Its obvious they were not screwing around.
The rest of this is a public service message to the employees of both HP and 3PAR.
There will be a whole lot of clashing along the lines of "that's not we do things around here". Hair loss will occur as both sides discover the incomprehensible ways of the other. That's the way it all works. I know the heads of state will want to point to a glorious day ahead, but for me, I'd prefer to set the expectations properly. Expect to have your world rocked in ways you don't like. Expect to battle through things you don't want to. Expect to lose control of things you once had. Go at this work expecting to find problems with things you didn't think were problems before. Always look for ways to do things better than you did them before. Make yourself better. The competition is the other guys we are selling against, not the guys we are working with.