Dell’s decision to purchase Perot Systems certainly has received a lot of flack today. Perhaps it has something to do with Dell’s the seemingly stuck-in-the-past nature of Dell’s thinking. Why would a company that wants to be more competitive with IBM and HP make a move on the services front instead of on the innovation front? And why would it buy what appears to be a rather limited services company when it already is limited in its data center product offerings? You have to give Dell the benefit of the doubt that it can succeed, but it doesn’t appear most are predicting such a result.