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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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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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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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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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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