Microsoft Shopping for Big Five Firm?
At the Gartner Group's annual Windows conference in Los Angeles this week, the future strategies of Microsoft were a topic of discussion. "In the first year post-antitrust, we expect Microsoft to spend $4 billion on acquisitions," said Tom Bittman, a Gartner analyst.
Bittman went on to speculate  that a potential target for Microsoft would be one of the Big Five management and consulting firms. "It's a role they need to be in if they are to grow in the enterprise," Bittman said of Microsoft.
Microsoft has announced an interest in expanding its consulting business - although currently representing only three percent of Microsoft's business, consulting is the fastest growing sector of the company.