A critical milestone during a merger or acquisition for enterprise end-users is Day 1. This is the first day when the merging organizations officially start working as one. It lays the foundation out of the gate and can affect the first 100 days post-transaction. To achieve a successful Day 1, it all comes down to IT.
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For investors, executives and the entire business, the much anticipated and immediate synergies, growth and business benefits of a merger or acquisition concentrates everyone’s expectations.
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.
A quote by Bill Gates, "Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other," still holds true today, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions (M&As).
In 2020, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) evolved rapidly. Activity started modestly at the beginning of the year, but M&As had plenty of potential to gather momentum. Then the pandemic hit, and by late March, most deal-making had come to a standstill. Focused on transitioning staff to working from home, shoring up balance sheets and maximizing liquidity, many companies shelved any M&A plans they may have had. The good news – global M&A activity recovered dramatically in the second half of 2020.
This year, the global M&A market could not be more different. It has recovered dramatically and carried over momentum from a flurry of deals in the latter half of 2020. This momentum is poised to accelerate even more with many companies making strategic shifts and acquiring smaller companies or merging with larger ones to maintain their competitive position. Even outside of the M&A trend that has been witnessed across numerous industries, is the trend towards globalization. No matter what size, small or large, any company working on an international level must manage multiple Active Directories and multiple Exchange organizations.
From an IT perspective, M&As can be challenging. To streamline the communication between employees working with various divisions or organizational units within their same organization, Outlook users can save pertinent information such as all email addresses and phone numbers for other colleagues in their Global Address Lists (GAL).
Country boundaries are not the only barrier to communication within companies with multiple Active Directories and organizational units. Even if you work for a small domestic firm, you still need a way to effectively combine Global Address Lists if your firm decides to synchronize all its crucial operational data with a parent company.