No. 1 personal computer maker Dell Inc. on Monday said that it had won a 5-year contract from Boeing Co., the world’s largest aircraft maker, to provide services for PCs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dell, based in Round Rock, Texas, is trying to increase the size of its services business. It said that it had already supplied personal computers to the Seattle aircraft company. A Boeing spokesman said that Dell bid against most major players in the computer industry but declined to name the other bidders. Boeing has 150,000 employees that are tied into desktops or notebook computers, he said.
International Business Machines Corp. had provided some services for PCs to Dell, Boeing said, as part of a larger contract that Boeing broke up into a handful of separate contracts earlier this year. IBM won a three- year, $160 million voice communications deal in August.
Other computer companies include Hewlett- Packard Co., the No. 2 PC maker.
Dell Says Its Service Plan Differs From IBM, HP
Dell Inc. has always offered some services and support. But in the past few years, the company’s beefed up this part of its offerings as it’s expanded beyond PCs.
With a full line of servers, printers, storage products and handhelds, it’s fast adding to the range of consulting and systems design work it does for businesses