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Byline: J. BONASIA and MURRAY COLEMAN
It's Bigger Blue, and some analysts says that means it's lesser HP, EDS, Accenture and most anyone that wants to compete with the big boys in the huge, potentially lucrative tech services field.
IBM Corp. cemented its perch atop the services heap late Tuesday when it revealed plans to buy PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting for $3.5 billion.
"This changes everything," said Linda Cohen, an analyst with research firm Gartner Inc.
A number of analysts say the merger strikes a serious blow to IBM's services rivals. IBM Global Services already is by far the largest tech services provider.
IBM's strength is in dealing with chief information officers and other technology-based buyers, working on the nitty-gritty of maintaining and running computer systems. PwC's …