When organizations engage in M&A initiatives, the IT topic is not taken into consideration. Target identified for acquisition, the HR, Finance, Operations, Legal, Quality, Engineering leads conduct their due diligence. Then, the Deal Team begins the creating of the Purchase Agreement (APA or SPA). At this point, the Deal Team asks the IT department to engage in the process, and asks the IT Lead to plan and deliver the Day 1 separation. I am not sure why IT is an after thought almost always. Does anyone agree with me on this?