Co-sourcing: What is it? Is it real? Is it worth doing?

George S Day wrote a Harvard Business Review article about measuring risk of innovation called “Is it real? Can we win? Is it worth doing?” It’s a great article about how companies can measure risk before moving into a new product or venture. I think this type of activity applies really well to most technology projects, including co-sourcing.…

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The Blaze Orange Bedroom

When I bought my first condo, there were a lot of changes I wanted to make and changes I needed to make. The initial inspection uncovered a leaky hot water heater. I required the prior owner to replace it as part of the closing process. After moving in, I painted some walls; I bought a new microwave; I modernized some of the lighting; it was great.…

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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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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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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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SharePoint 2013 Functional Preview

“The New SharePoint,” SharePoint 2013, promises to raise your expectations as a collaborative workplace tool. The WMP Enterprise Content Management Team will create weekly blog installments profiling the latest end user tools making SharePoint 2013 the best SharePoint experience to date!  Over the next quarter you’ll read about SharePoint 2013 and the...

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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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