Post-Merger Integration Blog

De-risk PMI technology projects and increase certainty for your M&A deal.

"Selling" is an essential skill for Post-Merger Integration teams.

Posted by Hutton Henry on 04-Jan-2018 09:31:58

A few years ago, I was asked to help with a troubled PMI project - the project and technical leads both demonstrated communication issues; as in they didn't listen to the tech staff from an acquired business. There were concerns that their behaviour was harming the relationship between the technology teams who had only recently met.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration

How important is company culture to staff engagement?

Posted by Hutton Henry on 18-Dec-2017 11:00:00

Every company has its own set of characteristics. These may have evolved over many years or been the same since an organisation’s inception.

A company’s character or culture is the intangible ethos that drives it as a business. It’s about how groups of people interact with each other and the values they share. Your company culture is a strong influence on how your employees do their jobs and the attitude they take towards you, their employer.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration

Motivating Demotivated Teams in Mergers and Acquisitions

Posted by Hutton Henry on 15-Dec-2017 14:50:08

The post-merger integration phase is a tricky time for all businesses.

In this crucial period, you need your teams to be motivated – yet this is just when staff morale can drop, if not handled carefully. If one employee is feeling demotivated this negative attitude can spread to their colleagues.In a situation like this, action needs to be taken swiftly to avoid one person dragging a whole team down.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration

Managing multi-generational technology workforces in a PMI project

Posted by Hutton Henry on 29-Nov-2017 21:14:10

Today’s technology departments are generally made up of people from diverse backgrounds and of different ages.

There are the graduates and apprentices, then the Generation X in their 40s and 50s, and even some older Baby Boomers. This multi-generational environment can be beneficial as it combines modern and legacy ideas. Traditional approaches can work simultaneously with contemporary methodologies.

When the young learn from the old and vice versa, you’ve got an ideal creative mix. However, cracks can begin to show when the pressure is on.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration, Employee Engagement

Take a People First, Technology Second Approach to PMI

Posted by Hutton Henry on 20-Nov-2017 15:53:47

When you merge two companies, it’s not just two technology environments (or more) that need to become one; you’re also bringing together groups of people from varying backgrounds. Sometimes the acquiring and acquired company can be very similar in culture and ethos - but more often they can be poles apart.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration

Avoid Hidden Costs in Your Post Merger Integration Project

Posted by Hutton Henry on 15-Nov-2017 21:38:24

Every company’s technology environment is different because it has evolved over time. Which means, one size never fits all. Therefore, it’s always necessary to do an in-depth assessment before you plan your PMI project. If you fail to carry out this level of due diligence, hidden costs and potential delays will emerge as you progress.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration

Can the Latest M&A Technology Ensure the Success of Your PMI Project?

Posted by Hutton Henry on 01-Nov-2017 21:57:28

Deploying the latest technology can play a significant role in the success of your post-merger integration project.

However, when we talk about the technology involved in your PMI, we don’t just mean your own internal IT infrastructure. We’re also referring to the technologies to ensure your integration goes according to plan.

An essential aspect of any PMI project is obtaining a complete asset inventory – and not just of the company you’re acquiring. An overall inventory of the two (or more) merging companies offers valuable information and insights.

That’s why we developed Lens.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration

Why Your Post Merger Integration Approach Should Link to Your Business Strategy

Posted by Hutton Henry on 24-Oct-2017 08:07:58

No two businesses are the same, and no two M&A projects are the same. Which means every PMI is different and needs to be project managed so that it aligns with your overall business goals.

Your IT integration needs to be more wide-ranging than simply just merging two companies so that they’re capable of working together. To gain maximum value from your new acquisition, you need a plan that’s linked to your business’s strategy at every stage of the integration.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration, Employee Engagement

Are Job Security Fears Holding Back Your Post-Merger Integration?

Posted by Hutton Henry on 17-Oct-2017 06:58:41

It’s difficult to get the best from your IT staff when they’re under pressure, putting in long hours and concerned about the security of their jobs.That’s why it’s imperative when you outline your PMI strategy to give as much attention to your teams as you do to your technology.

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Topics: M&A, Post-Merger Integration

Bring in A Fresh Pair of Eyes to Look at Your Post-Merger Integration

Posted by Hutton Henry on 13-Oct-2017 06:27:00

If you’re someone who has been closely involved in an acquisition are you the right person to view your merger with an objective and unbiased pair of eyes?

Deloitte’s Post-Merger Integration Survey & Report 2015, which focuses on the post-merger integration phase of the merger and acquisition lifecycle, collated the views of 800+ executives.

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Topics: M&A, Mergers and Acquisition, Post-Merger Integration