IBM's $6 billion deal with Dell yesterday will not affect its own PC business, company executives said today.
Under the terms of the seven year deal, IBM Global Services will provide warranty and on-site support to Dell customers globally from next year.( see Newswire 27 September)
However, IBM has always touted its service provision as the differentiator in the PC market, when up against competitors that include Dell.
IBM UK executives said today that the deal would in no way detract from or adversely affect its own offerings in the PC market.
Simon Pendlebury, head of IBM's Personal Systems group in the UK, commented: "It is a very limited set of services and will not affect our own competitiveness in the market."
He described the deal as "co-opetition".
The deal is an extension of a seven year $16 billion technology alliance, which the two companies signed in March for IBM to supply a range of components to Dell.( see Newswire 4 March)
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