Right, so, EQT has gotten where they are without improving along the way? Of course their current "way" will have a lot of inertia, but if something does work better or more efficiently they'd be stupid to not use it. They're about dollars and cents just like any other company.
Rice has over 1/3 of the acreage EQT does, there's going to be absurd amounts of data moving around regardless. They'd be silly to ignore systems that can assimilate their data quickly (Rice can) and move forward with it. Especially if the Rice system is more efficient and cheaper.
Everyone at Rice just finished a buyout from the other side. We know lots aren't going to make the cut. We know what we did with the other company's system. I'm just saying that EQT should be objective and take whatever parts are useful.
But the "harsh reality" you speak of.... comes with a pile of cash, so it'll be fine, either way. There's probably quite a few who don't even want to go to EQT, would rather cash out and head to a job somewhere else.