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Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures. They’re everywhere!

7 Dec 2017 by Paul Robichaux

Amazon buys Whole Foods, CVS buys Aetna, AT&T buys Time Warner – during 2017 we’ve continued to see a lot of high profile merger, acquisition, and divestiture activity. 

MA&D have long been a part of many organization’s strategies, it’s not new.  However, with the rapid adoption of cloud technology, the process of executing the migration, and more importantly integration, of companies’ IT systems has suddenly changed.

Integrating multiple Office 365 tenants, in a safe and secure manner, is not an easy task. On December 14th, I will be hosting a webinar with Mike Weaver (Merger and Acquisition Specialist) on how to execute a successful project, with advice to guide organizations though potential challenges. Here’s a sneak peek into what we’ll be covering in our session. Register for the webinar here. 

To make things a little easier, we have tried to break the MA&D problem into two major chunks: the business planning, and then the actual migration planning and execution.  During the planning process there are a lot of business problems to deal with, and decisions to make.  One of the major problems is dealing with the different security policies that organizations have in place.  Commonly, the acquired origination has lax security practices compared to the acquiring company. The two organization’s policies need to be compared and reconciled as early as possible, these can be anything from password policies, mobile device policies – the list just goes on.

In the planning phase you also need to address application mapping, license mapping, permissions, and more. For the execution we will discuss the phases of integration. We have called this the “5 steps to become one”, and these include:

  • Inventory 
  • End state planning 
  • Build-out / co-existence 
  • Pilot 
  • Production roll-out 
  • Bonus: Sustainment  

So, what about divestitures?  This in itself is its own topic, but tightly related.  It is not uncommon for companies to divest a section of their business as part of their M&A activities.  Sometimes an organization wants to focus on other business, other times they are forced to do so – to comply with regulations around competition.  Whatever the reason, divestitures are a unique problem, with their own considerations. As there’s lots to cover here, we’ll focus on divestitures in a second webinar, taking place in the new year. 

That’s just a very brief outline of the stages, considerations, and challenges that you might face during M&A projects. Make sure you join Mike and I, as we explore this topic in more depth, and go through how to tackle Office 365 Integrations in a safe and secure manner! 

Register now and join us on December 14th 5PM GMT/ 12PM EST. If you can’t make the session, register anyway and we’ll make sure you get a copy of the recording!