Dell Inc. will spend $3.9 billion for the technology services company Perot Systems Corp. in an attempt to expand beyond the PC business and compete more aggressively with Hewlett-Packard Co., which recently bought another tech-services company founded by H. Ross Perot, reports the Associated Press. Dell said it would offer $30 per share in cash for Perot Systems–a 68-percent premium over its closing price Sept. 18. Former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot Sr., 79, serves as chairman emeritus of Perot Systems, which he founded in 1988. Perot already had made a fortune from founding Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and selling it to General Motors Corp. in a 1984 deal worth $2.5 billion. Hewlett-Packard bought EDS last year for $13.9 billion as it, too, tried to augment its services offerings and diversify beyond hardware. In a conference call with analysts, Dell’s founder and CEO, Michael Dell, said Perot Systems will serve as an "anchor" acquisition for a global IT services business. Perot Systems would add consulting and other kinds of computing services, such as "systems integration," to Dell’s lineup…

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