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A CIO's Guide to Leading a First Merger Integration Project

Cooking lessons


Integrating another company’s applications and infrastructure carries with it all the challenges of classic information technology (IT), along with the added pressure of achieving anticipated synergies with “non-negotiable” deadlines. It’s like the difference between preparing a sandwich as an afternoon snack and cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 12. If you’ve never led an IT team through merger and acquisition (M&A) integration, here are a few things you must absolutely consider before you start “cooking.”

Deloitte Consulting LLP’s article, Cooking Lessons, offers the recipe for serving up an effective IT integration:

  • Get into the kitchen early: Be actively involved in due diligence
  • Make your grocery list and check it twice: Craft a well-considered integration plan
  • Fire up the burners: Move rapidly toward an issue-free “Day One”
    Make the most of your meal: Take advantage of all your potential merger synergies
  • Write your recipe notes and file them away: Learn from your experience

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