Lenovo at SC 16 – A Commitment to HPC Innovation
How companies evolve after major acquisitions is usually interesting and seldom predictable, as numerous examples can show. That’s especially true in the rare cases where one company acquires multiple properties from another, as Lenovo has from IBM. In 2005, Lenovo purchased IBM’s PC division and assets, then repeated the process in 2014 with IBM’s System x server organization and Intel-based products.
In the former case, some competitors suggested that Lenovo (then known mainly for its sales in China and other Asia markets) would be a poor steward for IBM’s Thinkpad and its solid business-class reputation. The company quickly proved those critics wrong, and steadily expanded its PC and notebook portfolios and market position. Then in Q3 2012, Lenovo achieved what many considered unthinkable and surpassed HP to become the world’s largest maker of PCs by volume, a position it continues to enjoy.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.