Function Integration: Other topics to focus on?

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    Millie Manning
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    I just completed the Function Integration course, which did an in-depth dive into integration planning for 3 different functions (Sales/Marketing, HR, and Finance). This gave me plenty to think about for those 3 topics, but had me thinking about how those principles would apply to other functions. In our standard integration plan, my company also covers the following topics: Legal, IT, Operations, and Overall Management. Are there other tracks that your company focuses on during integration? What other functions could use more thought?

    #39282
    Fahad Aziz
    Participant

    Integration focus must link with the value drivers and prioritize areas where value can be derived – one of the key areas is procurement where integrating the function brings multiple benefits such as savings through lump sum discounts from vendors, consolidated sourcing, warehousing, logistics and economies of scale through consolidation of distribution channels.

    Another dimension of integration is streamlining corporate governance by having policies, procedures and instructions aligned across business processes rather than looking at function: O2C, P2P, R2R, H2R, B2D, etc

    Trust this helps.

    #51794
    Lauren Zinsmeister
    Participant

    I agree that it would be helpful to deep dive into more than just 3 functions. One are I would love to learn more about is product integration. All of these listed above focus on integration the business and the way it operates, but it doesn’t touch on how to integrate the actual offering and how the two teams can consolidate their creativity, planning, and execution processes.

    #55345
    Albert TAN
    Participant

    I recommend having a project management lead to coordinate the product integration efforts. This project management lead can consist of a committee made up of Boad representation, and key product heads and setting up a gantt chart to map our the priorities, timeline and deliverables.

    #55473
    Kim Morrison
    Participant

    In many of my integration, the other big areas were legal, brand and IT. For legal, the focus was on corporations and amalgamation or roll ups, liens, corporate records and such. For Brand, it was all about rebranding (assuming that was a goal) and all the elements that were involved in that from web to community sponsorship all the way down to email signatures. Lastly IT. It is always a large area with mapping the systems, deciding which systems to keep, consolidate, migrate, hibernate. There are contracting elements and licenses. It can be quite complicated and as such it a large focus.

    #56089

    It is paramount to conduct the technical due diligence, especially for a manufacturing facility. Also, given the critical important of the IT systems, the Cybersecurity due diligence is important, to ensure that any risks associate are being addressed and remedy plans are considered, appropriately.

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