Dell Acquires More Microsoft IT Consulting Muscle

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Dell paid $12 million for the Microsoft consulting portion of IT solution provider and Microsoft Gold Partner Allin. About 100 of Allin's 170 employees will move over to Dell as part of the deal.

Further shoring up its services organization on the heels of a reorganization around customer segments, Dell has announced that it has acquired the Microsoft IT consulting and solutions portions of IT solution provider Allin.

The acquisition of those parts of the Pittsburgh-based Microsoft Gold Partner Allin for $12 million in stock brings 100 of the company's 170 employees over to Dell's service business, and gives Dell an expanded services presence in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; San Jose, Calif.; and Walnut Creek, Calif.  Allin's financial services and interactive media practices were not part of the deal.

Allin's expertise includes Microsoft infrastructure, collaboration and business applications, Dell and Allin said in a prepared statement.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the Allin employees who are part of the acquisition. They will have the opportunity to more effectively scale their client services teams and suite of services they currently have to a broader set of customers," says Rich Talarico, chairman and CEO of Allin, in a statement announcing the deal.

"We will focus our services in the vertical markets we serve and look forward to continuing the collaboration between these operations and the Dell team," he adds.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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