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NTT Data Outbids Rivals to Acquire Dell Services for $3 Billion

After months of bidding and negotiation, Japanese technology giant NTT Data has agreed to acquire Dell’s Services unit for $3 billion. The confirmation ends months-long speculation over the bidding for Dell’s IT unit and will bolster NTT Data’s technology resources and BPO operations across the Americas. Among the bidders were French BPO firm Atos and Indian IT outsourcing service firms TCS and Cognizant.
As part of the deal, NTT Data will take on 28,000 employees from Dell’s offices spread across the Americas and India. “In addition to expanding our businesses in the North American region, we will aim to strengthen services using cutting-edge technology for cloud services and business process outsourcing service,” NTT Data said in a statement.
The company noted that this acquisition also initiates an important business relationship with and Dell John W. McCain, CEO of NTT Data, added that, “Dell expands our resources to provide next-generation application and business process services to help clients leverage IT to drive business performance and outcomes.”
Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s Services is a major provider of technology consulting to healthcare and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.
Dell first started shopping the business late last year before it announced its plan to acquire storage giant EMC. The proceeds of this sale would be used to repay the loan Dell borrowed for acquiring EMC.
The computer maker wants to focus on cloud technology and compete with the likes of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Oracle as well as cloud computing leaders Amazon and Microsoft.
According to reports, Dell’s IT services unit generates annual revenue of around $2.8 billion. The acquisition bolsters NTT Data’s BPO capabilities, particularly in healthcare and insurance industries, and adds dozens of data centers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.
“Our investments in digital services, application modernization, tools, automation and ’as-a-service‘ models, have enabled Dell Services customers to simplify their IT environment, empower their workforce, engage their customers and grow,” said Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Inc. “Together, NTT DATA and Dell Services will be a winning combination for Dell Services customers, team members and partners.”

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Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

1 comment

  • Dell never understood the IT services business. Dell is at heart a hardware and “solutions” (hardware and software bundles) business, and a good one at it. But IT services is about people and skills. They never got it, and they never were able to integrate the two, and never could do anything interesting with it, or develop new thought leadership in any area. What is interesting is that when the IT services business of Dell was being offered for sale, they resorted back to the name “Perot Systems”. Unfortunately, a lot of the original “Perot Systems” talent left, some to other multinationals, and some to start their own businesses (like GuideIT in Dallas). The former CEO of Perot Systems, the awesome Peter Altabef, is now the CEO of Unisys. Mr Perot is still out there, and I am sure that if he was a little younger (I believe he is now 85), he would buy back the “Perot Systems” business at a great discount and start again. In Latin America, Dell Services could not do much. I wish the best of luck to the former employees of “Perot Systems” now part of NTT Data. I have a feeling that NTT would know how to leverage what is left of the formerly awesome “Perot Systems”, and I wish them the best.