Mergers Acquisitions & Divestitures

Sorting out the IT confusion associated with
large scale organization changes

Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures (MAD) are special events in the life cycle of a company that can create a lot of waves within the people, facilities, culture – and IT systems. With the long cycle times required to stand up, configure, convert and move applications into production, the IT impact of MAD events can last longer than most other transitions.

The staff at Clear IT Architecture has lived through all of these variations of corporate change and can assist your company with the analysis, planning, and management of these events. While each of the events are different, acquisitions are the most straightforward – the acquiring company typically provides most of the central service apps, and needs to rationalize the apps being brought into the environment by the acquired company.

Mergers require a little more sophistication and tact, since the new company will be comprised of (roughly) equal measures of staff, locations, and IT systems. And everyone thinks their custom apps are special, so there is some give and take required to reach a consensus on which apps will be left when the dust settles.

Divestitures are very different, and potentially the most difficult due to the cost of replicating or splitting infrastructure, applications, and intellectual property. If the company was simply a holding company, then typically there is little to figure out, since most of the individual business units shared little in the way of IT systems. However, if a large conglomerate with many shared corporate systems is breaking up, then there is a lot to sort out.

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