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Dell acquires Allin's Microsoft IT consulting business

Deal, valued at $12 million, aims to bolster Dell's services business.

Correction, 2:02 p.m. PST: This story misstated the number of Allin's businesses being acquired by Dell. It is two.

Dell has acquired Allin's Microsoft IT consulting business, as well as its collaboration and business applications services business, in a $12 million stock deal.

The acquisition, announced Friday, aims to bolster Dell's consulting work in the areas of designing and implementing scalable networks and application architectures via Allin's technology infrastructure business, as well as in the areas of collaboration and business applications.

"The expertise we gain from Allin further deepens our ability to help customers exploit Microsoft technologies for business advantage," Stephen Murdoch, vice president of Dell's Global Infrastructure Consulting Services, said in a statement.

The acquisition will further increase Dell's services business that it has been expanding since early 2000, as a means to further sales of its hardware.

The acquisition does not include Pittsburgh-based Allin's interactive media and business process consulting units.