Lenovo ownership will be nixed by US Committee on Foreign Investment
Lenovo ownership will negatively impact customers/service/quality
This acquisition significantly improves Lenovo's competitive position in the enterprise market with a strong, diversified x86-based family of products. With the X6 servers that IBM just announced, they will have an industry-leading set of products. They also get an experienced, established workforce for all aspects from executives to front-line staff in design, manufacturing, sales, marketing AND support. They also have an IBM agreement to backstop them in the support area. All ready to plug into their own established distribution system. Following the blueprint laid down and executed in the PC acquisition greatly increases the odds that the transition from acquisition to integration will be equally successful.
Is the x86-base declining?
Can we depend on a Chinese owned Lenovo?
What should I do about IBM systems on order? Should I be concerned with buying IBM x86 servers during the transition?
- Before presenting your plan to your executive team, re-examine existing orders and contracts (with IBM support, if necessary) to assure that everything is in order and will process without complications. Don’t risk a delay over administrative issues.
- If you are considering long term contracts don’t sacrifice good business sense by voiding existing contracts or entering into short term relationships. Evaluate and make your decision on what’s known, what can be known and what makes sense.
- Make sure to get a clear plan from IBM that details what happens to your equipment and agreements as they transition to Lenovo. Be certain you understand what needs to done and by whom. Also be sure to review this plan with Lenovo.
- Contact your key ISVs and channel partners to gain a clear understanding of their relationship and plans for the Lenovo environment.
- Where Lenovo and IBM equipment will be co-located and co-dependent make sure your have a clear understanding with both IBM and Lenovo over who is responsible for what.