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Key IT Challenges in Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments

Published: 02 December 2011

ID: G00227789

Analyst(s): Ansgar Schulte


Acquisitions and divestments are surely among the most incisive and challenging events in the lifetime of any enterprise. CIOs must understand the different goals and approaches of the most common enterprise deal types, their impact on the IT function, and the relative contributions required.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Introduction
  • Combining Business Activities
    • Acquisition (Statutory Merger)
    • Merger (Merger of Equals or Consolidation)
    • Joint Venture (Strategic Alliance)
  • Key IT Challenges in Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Systems and Process Challenges
    • Data Integration Challenges
    • Asset Management Challenges
    • Workforce Challenges
  • Separating Business Assets
    • Spinoff (Spinout)
    • Carve-Out (or Equity Carve-Out)
    • Divestiture (Sell-Off)
    • "De-Merger" (Breakup or Split-Up)
  • Key IT Challenges in Divestments
    • Systems and Process Challenges
    • Data Disentanglement Challenges
    • Asset Management Challenges
    • Workforce Challenges
  • Further Considerations
  • Conclusion

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