IT DD – Important to valuation

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    Craig Finley

    We often find companies don’t value the IT DD as much as some of the other streams. When thinking about the challenges IT is often critical to both the successful process operations and execution as well as the value of IT security dilig to identify any possible previous breach or improper storage of protected data sets (PII, HIPAA, etc).

    Woon Pheng Ong

    Perhaps IT DD becomes critical when the operations of a target is to be integrated with the acquirer. The industry in which it operates in will also be relevant. Unless the jewel in the target relates to its IT system (e.g. acquirer is looking to buy certain IT technology), it is not uncommon for IT DD to be neglected.

    Raymond Teo

    I agreed, I have not seem any IT DD performed for the deals in my companies. Maybe someone can shed some lights on when IT DD is important to the deal.

    caroline dussault

    I work for a company that has an important IT aspects to all deals so the IT DD takes a lot of airtime. It is a difficult DD to do as the teams needs to deepdive in the systems and the Seller is, most of the time, not willing to fully show how the stack is build: this is most of the time a competitive advantage. It sometimes become a more of a theoratical DD as only the surface is presented.
    The team then needs to take a lot of assumptions and it seems to be where costs often get out of budget during integration.

    Zain Athar Mirza

    It’s true that IT is usually not incorporated into the valuation of the company, and not a lot of DD is done.
    Sometimes companies also just rely on the IT incident report to do the DD.


    IT DD is not considered a critical element of the Due Diligence process. Usually, the buyer’s IT department provides questionnaires to the target’s IT to prepare day-1 activities and future integration planning. Buyers are larger than targets and have a less complex IT landscape. IT issues usually arise during Post Merger Integration.

    Kyle Kramer

    Any insight on how your team does financial DD related to IT? Do you all do benchmarking compared to other companies in the industry?

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