Mergers and acquisitions: Resources for a smooth IT transition

Will your company be acquired or merged soon? If so, there is some key information you need to ensure your IT transition goes smoothly. These TechRepublic Premium resources can help.

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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are at a record high worldwide. According to the latest figures from Refinitiv Deals Intelligence, global M&A activity increased 92% in the first nine months of 2021 alone compared to 2020.

It was also the strongest opening period for M&A activity since records began in 1980. What’s driving the surge? These include post-COVID-19 growth, low interest rates and a growing economy.

IT elements are often overlooked in M&A activities

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Companies undergoing a merger or acquisition have a plethora of questions to consider. Unfortunately, the networks, systems and IT elements of a company are often overlooked. This often leads to chaos, costly delays, increased spending, and inefficiencies.

Research conducted by Bain & Co has shown that a lack of planning prior to M&A activity can lead to duplicate apps and systems that drive up operating costs. The same study found that 70% of M&A-driven IT integration initiatives that fail fail due to missteps in the early stages of the merger or acquisition.

Planning ahead is critical to a smooth transition, especially when it comes to IT integration. Fortunately, this TechRepublic Premium M&A package provides the resources you need to avoid potential technology pitfalls due to planning errors.

With any acquisition, the more work you can get ahead of time, the better off your company will be. When a business heats up, optimize your time and resources by evaluating the data, network infrastructure, systems, equipment, software, and IT practices of the target organization.

With this information, you can then develop a plan to decide which systems to keep, which to phase out, and what to move your new IT policies forward. This merger and acquisition checklist will walk you through every step and ensure a smooth IT transition.

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The onboarding of C-level executives increases the need to secure common attack surfaces. After all, executives often need extended authorizations and mobility requirements. Your IT department should be able to carefully track these permissions to mitigate the risk of any C-level change.

Use this checklist during onboarding and offboarding to ensure your executives are as productive as possible while closing potential security gaps.

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Carefully assigning or de-assigning permissions, permissions, accounts, and applications is critical to any onboard or offboard process. However, when it comes to hiring new IT staff or making personnel changes, this process is even more critical.

Your IT staff have the greatest access to your critical network infrastructure and company data. Because of this, there is no room for arbitrary onboarding or offboarding processes. This checklist outlines the steps you should take to ensure your safety (and sanity).

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One of the first things to do when integrating a new IT department is confirming the networks and systems for which you are now responsible. You must also confirm the age, status and safety status of the technical equipment. Skepticism is the key to a successful and secure IT transition.

In this site system technology audit and assessment checklist, we walk you through the steps you need to take to complete the audit during your merger or acquisition.

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During a merger or acquisition, tracking IT changes can help you avoid unnecessary disruptions that can lead to costly downtime. However, tracking every change to your newly acquired and current equipment, software, and procedures can feel like an impossible hill.

This change control policy template contains information about process, device, and application changes to help you stay on top of things. It is also customizable to meet the needs of your company.

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A merger or takeover may require you to decommission your own data center, decommission the target company’s data center, or build a new one. Data centers are a significant investment and serve as the backbone of your technical infrastructure. Any construction or decommissioning must be carried out with care.

This checklist will help you to successfully plan an implementation or the decommissioning of your in-house data center.

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Hearing the phrase “move day” is enough to scare any IT professional. Finally, office start-ups or relocations, events common to M&A activity, can be complex. This office move checklist includes the steps you need to take to plan, monitor, and complete a move.

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