Very interesting article from McKinsey. I have been working in integration space for almost 15 years now and the article is spot on. You cannot have a successful M&A without an integration strategy of IT systems.
Understanding the strategic value of IT in M&A
Many mergers don’t live up to expectations, because they stumble on the integration of technology and operations. But a well-planned strategy for IT integration can help mergers succeed.
JANUARY 2011 • Hugo Sarrazin and Andy West
Source: Business Technology Office
In This Article
- Exhibit: Often, more than half the synergies available in a merger are strongly related to IT.
- Sidebar: Key questions for Day One
With the number of mergers and acquisitions expected to rise over the next few years, many companies are looking for ways to improve their M&A skills—especially their ability to assess and integrate target companies successfully. We’ve all heard about deals where the stars seemed aligned but synergies remained elusive. In these cases, the acquirer and target may have had complementary strategies and finances, but the integration of technology and operations often proved difficult, usually because it didn’t receive adequate consideration during due diligence.