Now that’s the ticket
Speaking of expensive tickets, one of my moles reported that Team Redmond might be looking to buy Accenture, the $US11 billion consulting company. Apparently, Microsoft and Accenture have been engaged in some intense talks, with people frequently flying back and forth between Redmond and New York, particularly during March and April. Even big bad Ballmer was spotted walking through Accenture headquarters recently in The Big Apple.
These companies would make good bedfellows -- what with Accenture building and selling .Net tools and all. A deal like this would certainly boost Microsoft’s quietly growing services unit. But given the software giant’s vows not to compete with its army of partners in the services realm, such a deal is bound to create turmoil. Hmm. Even with my financial straits, I don’t think I’d apply to Accenture for employment as a consultant anytime soon.
AT&T eyeing SCO
Without even knowing it, SCO may have started a war of attrition with much larger enemies that have deeper pockets. Within the halls at AT&T, people were chattering that AT&T still has reserved rights on Unix. Naturally, the company is paying close attention to the various legal claims that SCO is making and may join the battle soon. My spy says the word around AT&T is that this will all be resolved shortly. But one has to wonder how long SCO could survive if it had opponents in multiple courtrooms -- those being, of course, IBM and AT&T.
My friend Reilly commented the other day that I appear to be getting my mojo back. I hope he’s right, because I am going to need it for this race. I just wish Apache could run with me.
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