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Wipro planning to acquire Cap Gemini by Jan 2008

There have been enough rumors since last 3 quarters. I talk to some independent advisory firms (some of them are the largest here in Europe) that watch the global markets. And a couple of weeks back, I spoke to one of the Directors on phone and he said: " This is not just going to happen, it has to happen in order to move on to the next phase of Globalization. Cap Gemini is up for a reconfiguration and retooling, and such acquisitions, even if they are disruptive, will force them to reconfigure and retool"

Here's a snippet from The Hindustan times:

Talk about Wipro’s interest in the French company has been in the air for sometime now and the buzz is becoming louder since the software giant has been seen to be making some strategic moves in that direction. Bankers have been holding hectic negotiations with Wipro’s senior management on strategies for financing the deal.

Executives from Citigroup and HSBC have been in discussions with the company's management to finalise a game-plan before the long-holidays begin after Christmas, according to sources. However, this could not be independently verified by either Citigroup or HSBC.

Globalization is happening on all fronts but it is also happening on all sides of your cube. This is the new age where we are forcing ourselves to do the re's: Rethinking, Reconfigure, name a few.

You should look at this phenomenologically, we are in a hyper-disruptive phase. Globalization is flowing in all directions. Protectionism is holding us back, the moment you take that "predator-prey" stance, you are the game of the usurper vs usurped. This not how I personally envision it.

Globalization is like a work out. When your biceps cannot flex/grow beyond that 16.5 inches (meaning when you get stuck in that Globalization 3.0 or Globalization 3.7 phase and just not being able to make it to the G4.0 level), you need to flex your biceps laterally (inorganic acquisitions, as the Wipro CSO says himself). I am not kidding about this.

My friend's uncle became overall winner in the NABBA 2004. He is way past his 40s and he advised that you need to flex your muscles "in all directions" if you really want to grow. I've been doing it unintentionally for about 20 years now but listening to him really helped.

So if you want to move on from G3.0 to G4.0, you have to flex your muscles in all directions, or else your growth with stall.

BTW, here's the link to The Hindustan Times


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