Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

Common Misconceptions around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

In a recent post, we discussed what PCI DSS is, why it matters, and the release of the latest version, including a summary of the changes and the impact of each. See “What PCI DSS version 3.2 means for you” for more information. In 2016, West Monroe Partners has conducted over 140 IT diligences on behalf of private equity firms and strategic buyers across a number of industries as...

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Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

Preparing to Migrate to a Secure Cloud

West Monroe Partners recently completed a nine-month effort to help a client migrate a large custom SaaS platform with regulatory requirements (PCI DSS v3.1, SSAE16). The engagement involved migrating on-premises systems to Microsoft Azure’s IaaS platform, and in the coming weeks, we’ll be detailing our methodology for designing and securing that environment in a series of blog...

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Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Compliance

As advisors to our 100+ private equity clients who use M&A activity to provide positive returns to their investors, WMP helps establish platforms, processes, and technology that can enable rapid EBITDA growth. Within the world of M&A, carve-outs and divestitures are some of the most complex situations when it comes to quickly getting the newly acquired business on the right track...

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Fighting Diligence Fatigue

Fighting Diligence Fatigue

You’re preparing for a transaction and advisory teams have descended upon you. For months, you’ve been answering the same questions and you’ve gotten tired of hearing yourself talk. Here’s how to prepare for a stream of diligences and fight the fatigue. The world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) can be thrilling with promises of potential.…

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Series – Part 3

Part 3: Secret Sauce Tasting Notes: How to approach a proprietary system critical to operations It is one of the most overlooked aspects of deals: you have fine-tuned the valuation model but did not conduct sufficient diligence on the target’s applications environment to determine if it could support growth plans. Eighteen months into the holding period, the portfolio company requires a...

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Series – Part 1

Part 1: Protecting your asset IT diligence is commonly thought of as a confirmatory exercise prior to closing a deal in order to assuage concerns of the lenders. In today’s world however, the increased importance of technology to enable healthy business performance makes IT diligence all the more significant. Raise your hand if you’ve ever engaged a provider who missed the mark on IT diligence...

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Role of Identity Management – Removing the Friction

With what seems like a daily stream of news related to data breaches these days, why is identity and access management (IAM) still: Not moved to the top of every CIO/CTO roadmap Only talked about as just the management of an identity and not also the governance of that identity Not a standard swim lane with every project that requires any type of authentication to any service (on-premises or...

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Negotiation is as Simple as Signing a Contract, Right?

A software selection process can be intimidating, time consuming, and frustrating.  Where do you start?  What are the rules of engagement?  What if the software vendor isn’t responding in a timely manner?  What if there isn’t internal alignment between IT and the business?  These are just some of the questions that are likely to arise during a software selection process.…

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An M&A Lesson from the Easter Bunny: Don’t Take Too Many “Hops”

Spring time is here and Easter is just around the corner.  The sight of an Easter Bunny around town is sure to get children excited about the basket of goodies that he’s bringing, but that same bunny reminded us about a recent project.  As we looked at the bunny’s “hopping,” we thought back to a carve-out and merger project when we were continuously faced with the question, “How many hops...

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WAR: What is it Good For?

As it turns out – a lot, actually… For the entirety of its existence, baseball has been a ‘numbers game’. Compared to the other major professional sports, it operates within the most straightforward and easily relatable statistical universe. Our society takes comfort in the familiarity of baseball’s individual metrics: 3,000 hits; 500 home runs; a .300 batting average.…

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