In a move to bolster its professional services business, Dell Computer has acquired Plural, a New York-based company specialising in consulting, application development and integration.
Plural will become part of Dell's Professional Services organisation and will play an important role in the vendor's push into the services arena, Dell and Plural said. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Services account for about 10 per cent of Dell revenue, with about 7000 people working on services ranging from basic fixes for hardware problems to development of specific systems for large customers, said Dell spokesman Mike Maher. Dell reported net revenue of $US31 billion for its fiscal year ended February 1, 2002. Plural had revenue of $46 million in 2001. The company's 200 employees will join Dell and its five US offices will stay open, said Maher.