Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and divestitures can be leveraged to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. But corporate transformations often create some of the biggest challenges for companies and their IT organizations to handle. Many corporate transformations fail to live up to expectations because the challenges include issues that cannot be dealt with by conventional IT leadership and management practices. Inadequate or misdirected IT integration efforts can cause the integration to be incomplete, delayed and costly — ultimately derailing business goals. Whereas a poorly executed integration can jeopardize the entire success of a merger or divestiture, a well-managed IT integration can help corporate transformations succeed.

The IT integration efforts for mergers, acquisitions or divestitures are complex undertakings that invariably put enormous strain on one or both companies. In this M&A culture, business needs place enormous pressure on IT to deliver IT transformations on time and within budget. These pressures often lead IT leaders to make decisions without all the facts, thereby hindering the integration and increasing the risk of a failed integration. By understanding the challenges, leveraging the best practices of infrastructure optimization and partnering with experienced third party advisory, organizations can overcome these challenges to achieve successful integration and deliver business value.