Computer Associate?s next purchase will be a US consulting company, a senior executive said last week, as the software giant announced its ninetieth and ninety-first acquisitions.
Jacques Reboul, European senior vice president for CA?s Global Professional Services (GPS) business, said the company was likely to make several services acquisitions in the next few months, with an unnamed US consulting company to be the first.
The GPS division is currently in due diligence process with four services companies in Europe, Reboul said, and he hoped to name the first purchase, probably in the UK, by the end of the year.
?I need to make acquisitions every three to four months, if I am going to meet my growth targets,? Reboul said. The aim is to take GPS in Europe up from its current staffing level of 400 people to 3,000-4,000 within the next two years, he added.
Last week, CA announced it was buying two visual software companies, Viewpoint Datalabs and 3Name3D, for undisclosed amounts.
Viewpoint is a leading company in three dimensional computer content creation, and its technology has recently been used by Hollywood film makers for special effects on the blockbusters 'Antz' and 'Godzilla'.
CA said it will use 3Name3D?s technology to add 3D capabilities to its Unicenter TNG and Jasmine products. CA has had an equity stake in the company since last year.
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