Gartner Research

IT Primer on Mergers and Acquisitions

Published: 25 February 2015

ID: G00273959

Analyst(s): Ansgar Schulte


Mergers and acquisitions continue to represent one of the most challenging enterprise transformations in the corporate world. CIOs should use this six-step approach to successfully support the integration of all affected business processes, IT systems, assets and resources.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
    • M&A
    • The IT Impact
  • The M&A Process
  • The Six Phases in Detail
    • 1. Scouting or Screening
    • 2. Due Diligence
    • 3. Integration Planning
    • 4. Welcome or Signaling
    • 5. Initial and Main Integration
    • 6. Reaping Benefits
  • Common Pitfalls and Sources of M&A Failure

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