Mergers & Acquisitions are becoming more commonplace and typically drive large wholesale technical and business change.
The impact on an organisation’s technology stack is huge as decisions are made on which processes and systems will remain, changed or not, in the newly shaped business.
Data underpins this and the quality and integrity of it in the new integrated state, or new target platform/system, is paramount to ensuring functional and performant systems that continue to meet your existing requirements and provides the value base for undertaking the merger/acquisition.
Just as important is the safe decommissioning of any redundant legacy systems - reducing the cost of maintenance and supplier licensing. In listed companies, this is often a key early indicator that change is progressing in line with published plans and the stated Return on Investment.
Set against a back-drop of GDPR and concerns over security, all of the above make for a complex set of requirements to address, often with a fixed deadline driven by business needs.
At the centre of all integration and separation tasks will likely be a myriad of legacy and new suppliers, potentially identifying competing priorities and approaches for your attention.
We work closely with all parties to understand in detail your legacy and integration challenges and decisions and advise you on the implications of decisions taken from a test and quality assurance viewpoint. By taking our unique risk-based perspective on your strategic challenges, you will develop a clear plan to target areas more likely to cause you problems later in the project.
Our independent perspective on the risk that you run with projects that are borne from Mergers & Acquisitions has often been the difference between ultimate success and failure.
After all, no successful integration or separation programme has ever been implemented without your senior stakeholder asking for an assurance on the continuation of existing business…