Dell’s acquisition spree snags Vancouver vendor

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) plans to acquireVancouver-based Make Technologies Inc., which specializes in helping businesses replace outdated IT systems, the company said Thursday, marking its third enterprise-related acquisition announcement this week.

Make Technologies aims to reduce costs for companies that use business-critical legacy systems, which are old applications or computer systems that continue to be used, even if there are newer products that do a better job and are often cheaper to run. Make Technologies migrates those legacy systems to a cloud infrastructure or other open standardized platforms.

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Dell is going to acquire the company to add a faster, more reliable and cost-effective approach to the re-engineering of applications, the company said. Make Technologies provides automated application and code migration tools that help migrate legacy applications to a more modern architecture.

“The combination of Make Technologies and Dell provides the market with a single vendor solution for any modernization activity and is an exciting step in expanding growth opportunities for our core application modernization software and services,” said Bill Bergen, president and CEO Make Technologies, in a statement. “Together, with Dell’s global reach, scale and reputation for customer support, Make’s methodology and tools will become even more accessible to more customers struggling with the dilemma that surrounds legacy environments.”

Terms of the deal to buy Make Technologies were not disclosed. The approximately 100 Make Technologies employees will be added to the Dell Service team, and the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of the company’s fiscal year.

On Monday, Dell announced it has agreed to buy Wyse Technology, a maker of software and hardware for thin clients. And on Tuesday, Dell announced it had purchased application modernization vendor Clerity Solutions. Dell plans to combine Make Technologies and Clerity into its existing Dell Services, which include application services, IT consulting and business process services, Dell said Thursday.

“The addition of Make Technologies and Clerity Solutions to Dell Services positions us to lead in the fast-growing applications modernization space,” said Steve Schuckenbrock, president of Dell Services, in a statement. “We have the capabilities to help customers with all their modernization needs-from re-hosting and re-platforming to code re-engineering. These offerings will enable Dell to support the thousands of commercial and public sector customers looking to migrate business-critical applications to open, standards-based architectures, including the cloud.”

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