These days, chances are you will be asked to help orchestrate a merger or acquisition at some point, if you have not already. But you don’t have to wait until the project is underway. In fact, you can get started on a few things now, before an M&A is even being discussed by your executive team.
The good thing is that many of the best practices to prepare your people and processes for an M&A also overlap with your broader digital transformation journey. So, it is effort well spent to put some thought into this now, as it will benefit your organization on several levels. Here are examples:
Adopt flexible architectures and processes
Be able to tell the difference between general IT issues and those related to a merger
Gather ready-made tools, templates, and checklists
Be ready to backfill IT roles with external IT resources, so your team has time and space to execute the M&A
Get Involved Early
Gartner estimates that more than 50% of all integration activities rely on IT, with 25% of those being directly led by IT. Organizations who want their transition to go more smoothly should involve IT up front. As CIO, you should:
Ask for a seat at the table; do not wait to be asked
Estimate integration effort
Plan the integration process for Day 1
Conquer the Complexities of M&A IT Integration
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Manage how attributes are imported and exported
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Automate the sync at pre-determined intervals
AmyKelly Petruzzella is a marketing executive who focuses on Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Active Directory trends, challenges, and business outcomes for enterprises. Over the years, AmyKelly regularly engages with Gartner industry analysts, and she has been recognized several times for Top 50 Microsoft Marketing Excellence. She is a frequent speaker and blogger and an industry veteran who advocates for women in technology.