Dell selling consulting biz, including healthcare, to Japan's NTT

NTT praised Dell Services as being "an IT services provider recognized for its depth in vertical industries and for its offerings around infrastructure services, cloud services, application services, and business process outsourcing". And NTT will absorb about 28,000 Dell Services employees housed primarily in North America and India. The company did not release a date that it will actually acquire the different units at Dell.

Apart from selling its IT services unit, Dell is also in talks with private equity firms on the possible sale of its information technology management arm Quest Software and the company's email encryption and data security services SonicWall.

"Perot Techniques has a large base of U.S. customers in medical and also other markets, so that it fits NTT Data's strategy to enhance its occurrence there", Hideaki Tanaka claimed before the package was announced. NTT Data asserts its acquisition plans will lead to a hefty growth in its operations in North America and its delivery network across the globe. The company has been expanding its services globally, recently making deals that give it greater reach into the Philippines, Taiwan, and Costa Rica, among other initiatives.

Last week, Dell Services announced a number of large new customer signings with values of over $100 million, including American Express Global Business Travel, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the Dubai Health Authority and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Dell is in the midst of a $67 billion acquisition of EMC, and the sale of its services business is likely a move to raise money for that deal.

In December, the company said in a regulatory filing that "we planned to consider and execute some divestitures, in part to help finance the acquisition of EMC". Rival suitors Cognizant Technologies Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services, and Atos SE bid for Perot but failed to generate a deal, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke with various publications.

Dell Systems Corp.is actually a rebrand of the old Perot Services that Dell acquired for $3.9 billion in 2009.

Vanessa Coleman

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