Obviously, integration is a huge issue with mergers and acquisitions. From e-mail to ERP, IT divisions get a hefty to-do list after any merger.
On top of that, CIOs are often the last to hear about these deals, despite the fact experts say IT might play a critical role in the success or failure of mergers and acquisitions.
But what happens when you are involved from the beginning? How do you prioritize the the integration work and increase your chances of success?
Gartner recently issued outlined how companies can approach integration during an M&A, with a focus on what IT should do at each point in the process. This CIO.com Australia article provides more details, but essentially the five phases are:
Overall, IT should handle about 25 percent of the integration work from a typical M&A, says Gartner research director, Mary Mesaglio, co-author of the full Gartner report.
For additional tips on successful integration during an M&A, check out my post from last year, "Four Lessons for IT Integration After a Merger and Acquisition."