IBM and Dell shout at Barack Obama -

Dell and IBM have warned that US technology may be losing its competitive edge. They now want to help the Government save $1 trillion over the next decade. A trillion has more "ohs" in it than a million or a billion. 

The CEOs of Dell and IBM have formed an unlikely partnership, claiming that they are eager to help fix the state of the States. 

The marriage was made following a meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, and according to the newlyweds - Michael Dell and Samual Palmisano -  the federal government can save $1 trillion over the next decade. They said this can be done by applying homegrown expertise, technology and "organisational innovation" to its information networks and management practices.

They are also urging the government to take a leaf out of their books and spend less time bickering and more time addressing the problems that are facing the country's tech industry.

Within the conversations, they want the US to consider its super high tax rates and the nation's education system, which the pair claims has a big affect on the technology market. 

Michael Dell also left his new partner's side to speak up on his own, claiming that basic steps such as employing more Web-based citizen services and a consolidation of government data centres could go a long way toward saving the government money.

IBM showed how it had managed to cut its overall IT expenses in half over the past five years through consolidation and standardisation.

“What we are talking about is putting things together and sharing,” said Palmisano. “It is extremely straightforward. IBM had 84 data centres, now we have 14 and we saved $3 billion.”

They were also keen to push cloud computing as a means of saving money - we wonder if the relationship will remain intact when the pair begin pitching their cloud services to help.

Someone who certainly isn't feeling the pinch is former HP CEO Mark Hurd. He's hardly skint, receiving $23.9 million in compensation from HP after he resigned following that sexual harassment allegation.