Dell and Perot… and Google

September 24, 2009

I’ve been banging on about the provision of services (BPO and ITO) over the cloud. As we see increased consolidation amongst the hardware manufacturers and their generally smaller services brethren, the news yesterday that Perot Systems is being acquired for a 68% premium by Dell raises questions; and eyebrows.

Perot is still strong in the US, but its European business has suffered death from a thousand cuts. I was speaking to one of the ex most senior executives in PSE and he seems convinced that Michael Dell’s motivation is to disrupt IBM Global Services and HP Enterprise Services (neé EDS) in their expansion plans.

I know it’s a fools game to make predictions in today’s market, but I’m convinced that we will be hearing the words Perot, data centre, cloud, Dell, Google Apps and Chrome OS in the not too distant future!

Futurologist out…

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