Challenges of data warehouse carve-outs

Carving out a data warehouse can look like a straightforward task on the surface.  The path of least resistance would seem to be to replicate the parent’s environment as-is in the carve-out organization, using the exact same software and architecture.  However, this is not always going to be the best solution. …

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Our Latest Banking Insights

As we prepare to close out 2012 and usher in 2013, one thing is clear: the banking industry remains one of the most dynamic and stimulating markets today. Every facet of how institutions do business from front and back office operations to the use of analytical insights and Big Data is being challenged, re-worked and revolutionized in this steeply competitive landscape.…

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Evaluating The IT Strategy

Throughout the IT diligence process, the primary goal is to learn as much information as possible in order to ensure a transparent understanding of Target’s IT function.  If done correctly, diligence helps reduce or eliminate any surprises after close.  One specific area to review is the IT Strategy.  Without a thoughtful IT Strategy, it is challenging for IT to transform from a...

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Six Key Reasons to Perform IT Diligence

The following are six key reasons to perform IT Diligence: 1.  Application Scalability:  Can Target’s system support 2-3x transaction volume or 100 additional users via an acquisition?  Can Target’s system support a new line of business?  Does Target utilize SaaS (Software as a Service) based solutions?  Understanding the platform and stability of Target’s applications are...

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Merge, Acquire, then Repeat

With all of the statements that have been made about healthcare this year, one of the most compelling we’ve heard came from Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, during the HIMSS12 conference when he decisively proclaimed, “the end of insurance companies, the way we’ve run the business in the past, is here.” The activity we have seen recently in the area of Mergers and...

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M&A Carve-outs – Achieving Payroll Readiness

One of the first questions our Private Equity clients and their Portfolio Executive team ask us during the final negotiations around Day 0 (sign) is how do we ensure we will pay our people after Day 1 (close)?  Due to legal and regulatory issues, the new owners are typically required to pay the acquired entity’s people in the first payroll period after close.…

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Manufacturing & Distribution: Don’t Overlook the Operational Due Diligence

When it comes to due diligence for acquisitions in the manufacturing and distribution sectors, private equity firms often underemphasize the value of a thorough operational review. Manufacturing and distribution companies face a variety of operational challenges and issues that create high risk for an acquirer. Conversely, it is possible to turn these same challenges and issues into tremendous...

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What’s In Your Deal Pipeline?

Do you know what deals are currently in your transaction pipeline? How long does it take you to gather and distribute a report to your transaction team? Private Equity firms are turning to the world of CRM to help automate and track these Deals. A Private Equity’s transaction team typically encounters the following four pain points when it comes to their deal pipeline: A team member...

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Healthcare IT Due Diligence: More Important Than Ever

Healthcare spending accounts for nearly 18% of the U.S. GDP, so it’s not surprising that the industry continues to attract billions of dollars in annual investment from private equity firms. Private equity interest in healthcare remains strong despite industry transformative pressures, reduced reimbursement and the uncertain impact of our evolving national health policy.…

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