Iconic PC maker Dell
Wyse also makes "thin-client" hardware and software, which are like terminals that lean on other computers (like servers, for example) for most of the heavy lifting. Dell didn't break out financial details about the transaction, but analysts think it probably fell in the ballpark of $350 million to $400 million.
Dell did say that Wyse should be accretive to non-GAAP earnings by the latter half of fiscal 2013, with the deal expected to close in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
Wyse already plays nicely with the kingpins of virtualization, Citrix Systems
The deal follows other software-driven acquisitions in recent times, after Dell formed a new software group two months ago. The company is obviously looking to boost margins and growth through differentiated services and also acquired SonicWall (security software) last month and AppAssure (backup and recovery software) in February.
The Wyse deal bears an uncanny resemblance to when Hewlett-Packard
HP wanted to spin off its PC business like Big Blue did long ago, while Dell keeps adding pieces to its Big Blue puzzle. It's no wonder when you look at where IBM's profit margin has been going ever since selling its PC business to Lenovo in 2005.
IBM-esque transformations take time, and until then I still don't see a lot going for Dell. Its mobile strategy is in shambles, as Dell has killed both its domestic smartphone and tablet lineups. There's no doubt that it's trying to regroup with mobile, but the company has mostly missed out so far. While Dell is trying to be like IBM, it's a far cry away from competing, since IBM is IBM.
With more than $62 billion in revenue over the past four quarters, these incremental acquisitions are a long way from reshaping Dell into the spitting image of its Big Blue role model.
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