Dell buys Make Technologies: Three acquisitions in four days

Dell buys Make Technologies: Three acquisitions in four days

Summary: Dell is making a big bet that companies are going to have to modernize legacy applications, re-host them and make them cloud friendly.


Dell is shopping like a teenager just handed a credit card. The company said Thursday that it has acquired Make Technologies, a company that aims to bring legacy applications up to modern standards.

Sound familiar? Dell acquired Clerity Solutions this week in a deal that falls in a similar space. Like Clerity, Dell's Make Technologies purchase will land in its services unit.

The bottom line: Dell is making a big bet that companies are going to have to modernize legacy applications, re-host them and make them cloud friendly.

For those keeping score at home, Dell has acquired three companies in four days. Dell said it would buy Wyse followed up with Clerity and now added Make Technologies.

Make Technologies migrates code, modernizes legacy application portfolios, cuts maintenance costs and trims outdated code. Here's a look at a few screenshots of software that takes an inventory of legacy apps and then analyzes them.

Topic: Dell

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  • What's the scorecard on all this integration?

    Larry, would you please report on how well Dell is doing at integrating all of these purchases? Few companies do a good job at it, and Dell has swallowed plenty of these in the past few years. I can't imagine they're doing better than average.
    • Dell's Acquisitions

      Here's a great story at the success of some of the recent acquisitions:
  • It looks like Dell

    is just trying to keep up appearances. It seems crazy that they all the sudden think they can jump so late into the data-center hypervisor space given that it's already cramped with industry leaders Citrix, VMWare, Hyper-V and KVM - and expect to be able to offer anything approaching the quality and pedigree of services that each of those can offer.

    This has all the hallmarks of a clutching-at-straws, series of moves by Dell.

    Jury's deliberating.
    • They already partner with Citrix, VMWare, and Hyper-V

      How funny you should mention that they should partner with Citrix, VMWare and Hyper-V. Currently, the largest portion of their servers come pre-installed with ESXi 5.0, followed by Windows 2008 R2 for use with Hyper-V and utilizing CSV.

      Dell is purchasing more profitable options and software that they can integrate with their existing products. For example, Appassure will fit in nicely with their EqualLogic and Compellent storage systems that will work nicely with their Force 10 switches and their servers. What Dell is doing is making everything end-to-end more interoperable than it currently is. Reselling another company's software has much lower margins than your own software. Dell's integrated management software, provisioning software and clustering software (from purchases over the last few years has been well integrated in to their existing products), allowing a more feature-rich product. Now, they're focusing on providing comprehensive end-to-end solutions and management capabilities for those solutions.

      Dave Johnson who lead acquisitions for IBM for 27 years before coming to Dell to lead acquisitions knows what he's doing. He's allowing Dell the opportunity to provide their customers with the Power To Do More.