Turning M&A into a Woman’s World – Leading from the Front

Turning M&A into a Woman’s World – Leading from the Front

Mergers, acquisitions, and separations create springboards for individuals looking to grow into senior leadership positions. Navigating the compressed timeline to meet Board and shareholder expectations by close, while positioning the company for a successful post-close transformation requires confidence, collaboration, and a balance of technical and soft skills.  As both International Women’s...

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The Role of the PMO in M&A Transitions

The Role of the PMO in M&A Transitions

In a previous post, I outlined key considerations merging companies should consider when preparing for a successful Day 1. One of the most important aspects of readiness planning is establishing a Project Management Office (PMO).  All teams contributing to the transition should report to the PMO. In this post, I’ll discuss the PMO’s role in Day 1 readiness.…

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Why Your IT May Be Eroding Business Value (and What to Do About It)

Why Your IT May Be Eroding Business Value (and What to Do About It)

Matt Sondag, managing director with West Monroe, joins David Mariano, director and head of Western Reserve Partners’ Buy-Side advisory practice, on a podcast to discuss how information technology and systems help drive business value, how they might hurt business value, and what steps to take to stay current. Key questions in this podcast episode include: What is the importance of technology...

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What The Presidential Transition Can Teach Us About Mergers

What The Presidential Transition Can Teach Us About Mergers

Any transition can be difficult, be it a transition from a Democrat President to Republican President, or a merger transition that results from the acquisition of one firm by another, and subsequent integration.  In both cases, readiness planning is key to a successful start.  Significant work must be done early in the transition period to ensure that the Day 1 (i.e.…

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Approaching an SAP Carve-out like Peyton Manning

Approaching an SAP Carve-out like Peyton Manning

The common denominator of a championship caliber NFL team is great quarterback play.  One of the greats, Peyton Manning, recently retired after winning Super Bowl 50 and leading the Denver Broncos to four consecutive playoff berths. Most notably, he did so after switching teams and learning a brand new offense.  In the spirit of mid-season NFL analysis, let’s compare how Peyton Manning and...

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Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

Unpleasant Discoveries: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Uncovered

It’s every acquirer’s worst nightmare: you’ve spent countless hours vetting an M&A target, and after the deal goes through, you catch something. West Monroe Partners surveyed top-level corporate executives and private equity partners about their companies’ practices in order to better understand the state of cybersecurity diligence for M&A. The results provide a window into the trends...

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M&A in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices: How to Stop Value Leakage

M&A in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices: How to Stop Value Leakage

Most pharmaceutical executives would argue that M&A is critical to drive shareholder value. Transactions can help realize new discovery capabilities, procure new compounds to strengthen stagnant drug development pipelines, or save money, all of which can create a competitive advantage in the market.  The numbers speak for themselves. In 2015, healthcare M&A increased 66%, reaching a...

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The Human Touch: Mid-Market Firms’ Post-Merger Integration Challenge

The Human Touch: Mid-Market Firms’ Post-Merger Integration Challenge

Mid-market firms face tough tasks when it comes to managing change throughout integration. How can they overcome these challenges?  Communication, talent retention and cultural integration are crucial challenges that mid-market firms face. However, companies have several ways to mitigate the risks. West Monroe Partners conducted a survey that interviewed 30 North American based senior M&A...

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ERP Strategy and M&A Deals: A Necessary Couple

ERP Strategy and M&A Deals: A Necessary Couple

Verizon acquires Yahoo: What does this merger mean for the market? Yahoo recently joined Verizon’s ever-growing tech portfolio. Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo will allow the major wireless carrier to become an impactful player in the digital media industry. As we consider the impact of this merger on the market, we should also consider a likely next step for Verizon: selection and...

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Integrating Data Security into Your Transaction Due Diligence Process

Integrating Data Security into Your Transaction Due Diligence Process

It’s hard to read the news these days without seeing another headline about a data breach. As companies rely increasingly on technology, the importance of securing customer information and intellectual property has increased exponentially—as has the cost of failing to keep data secure. Concerns about cybersecurity have become especially acute when it comes to M&A transactions.…

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Controlling Inbound and Outbound Traffic Flow in an Azure-based Cardholder Data Environment

Controlling Inbound and Outbound Traffic Flow in an Azure-based Cardholder Data Environment

In our previous post, we examined the trade-offs when implementing a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Azure using Active Directory Certificate Services. For an overview of the blog series and a list of the topics being covered, see the introductory post, “Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud”. This week, we will continue the Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series by...

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How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

How the Microsoft/LinkedIn Acquisition Could Potentially Change Common Business Tasks

Recently, Microsoft announced that it had acquired LinkedIn via a cash buyout of $26.2 billion – the third largest acquisition of 2016 thus far.  Due to the notoriety of the two companies involved, this high profile purchase has garnered many headlines and has amplified discussion of the cloud war.  Many companies are pouring money into cloud-based platforms for a variety of reasons, including...

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