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

Cooking lessons


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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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