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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A ‘How To’ on Improving Employee Communications During an M&A Transaction

A ‘How To’ on Improving Employee Communications During an M&A Transaction

M&A transactions such as a merger of equals, platform add-on acquisitions, and divestitures can have profound and positive business impacts as well as achieve much-needed synergies when successful. As an experienced business leader, you know this. What you may forget while you are focused on these synergies is the importance of communicating what you know to your employees.…

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Securing Cloud Networks

Securing Cloud Networks

Continuing our blog series on Azure Secure Cloud Migration, we will discuss Azure’s take on network control and how scalability and manageability play a role in designing a secure and functional environment. See our previous post on Talking to the Cloud for insights on architecting an Azure network. Network Access Control Network Security Groups (NSGs) are a native Azure feature to apply...

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How to Talk to the Cloud

How to Talk to the Cloud

Picking up from last week’s post on Preparing to Migrating to a Secure Cloud, the first part of our Azure Secure Cloud Migration blog series, we’ll jump right in to how and why the client’s Azure network was architected. Connectivity and traffic flow between Azure, on-premises locations, and even business partners are things to consider immediately, as they impact the overall structure of the...

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People, Process and Technology: The Cultural Side of a Merger

People, Process and Technology: The Cultural Side of a Merger

Year 2015 booked a spot in the record books with just over $5 trillion in M&A volume, surpassing 2007’s previous record of $4.6 trillion, according to Dealogic data. The healthcare industry was the forerunner of this charge, responsible for an astonishing 62% of the total transaction volume. Technology was a close second, including Dell Inc.’s notable $67 billion acquisition of EMC...

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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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Integration Considerations during M&A Execution for Hospitals and Health Systems

Integration Considerations during M&A Execution for Hospitals and Health Systems

Those who follow the healthcare industry are undoubtedly familiar with the wave of consolidation that has been driven by the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the broader shift in market dynamics in recent years. For hospitals and health systems, pursuing a merger or acquisition can bring operating efficiencies, greater negotiating power due to expanded geographic presence or patient...

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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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