How CIOs Drive M&A Success - They must be early partners, thorough planners and fast movers to make IT a force in successful integrations - By Martha Heller - Mon, August 29, 2011
CIO Executive Council
Here’s a paradox for you: Successful acquisitions involve IT early, yet IT is typically brought in too late. Here’s another: People are critical to a smooth acquisition, yet M&A teams often pay scant attention to employee communication. And finally: Leading an acquisition is a significant career opportunity for CIOs, yet many fail to live up to the challenge.
“CIOs tend to make two major mistakes during an acquisition,” says Larry Rowland, formerly CIO and now VP of acquisition integration at Nuance Communications. “They delay the tough people decisions, and they assume that their own systems are better than anything run by the acquired company.”
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