Reply To: Maximizing value through management of IT


Thant Coleman

I would offer that the problem in your instance is the age-old issue of IT not being aligned with the business. Consider that when IT is used only to automate functions and maintain information then IT due diligence into the target company many only include the cost of migrating the acquired company to the systems currently in use at the acquiring company. Budget and level of effort for system conversion are often defined and considered when it comes to migration but defined synergies beyond simple cost savings for automation are not considered. In short, the acquiring company may not be using IT as part of its business strategy, unless of course the entities are tech companies like Polycom.

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