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).
Technology is a key driver to M&A outcomes, both as an enabler to capture value faster, and as a new category of assets and capabilities for the business. Enterprises need to embrace new technologies and the complexity of the digital ecosystems that will drive new M&A decisions and ways of thinking, impacting both operating and financial models. The goals for M&A events are changing, with “acquiring a new digital capability” and “needing a next-generation technology” rivaling traditional reasons such as expanding into new industries or geographies.
With the average M&A integration planning time from announcement to close now shrinking from a period of up to twelve months to less than 120 days, even complex global deals, which historically would have a close window of six to nine months, may now close as quickly as 180 days from announcement. To meet the requirements of accelerated timelines and to enable increasingly aggressive synergy targets and new business models, IT leaders heavily rely on technology providers' expertise and resources.
For mergers and acquisitions, companies often migrate from one or multiple tenants to a single tenant. According to the imaa study, more than 790,000 transactions have been announced with a known value of over $57 trillion USD. Tenant to tenant migrations are at the forefront of modern M&As and comes with many complexities. While ENow is not a migration company, we do have deep experience in enabling IT Pros during their M&A in assessing their organization's readiness, accelerating their migrations, giving them greater visibility into their service delivery, and preparing them for Day 1 collaboration. Contact us today to learn more on how ENow can accelerate your next M&A project!
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