Quarterly results from Hewlett-Packard and Dell failed to reflect the executive-level turmoil occurring at each organization: the scandal-ridden departure of Mark Hurd from HP and the fraud charges at Dell, which seem to have shattered shareholder confidence in founder Michael Dell. The effects, however, may still be forthcoming. "When a company stumbles, many of their hardware and software partners try to negotiate deals on better terms, and we are hearing that may be happening with both HP and Dell. ... If trouble at these companies continues, we may see ripples," said Richard Doherty of Envisioneering Group.
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