Every IT professional who has been involved in a merger or acquisition has encountered the issues and challenges associated with evaluating and integrating the IT assets resulting from an M&A transaction. These issues and challenges can be overwhelming. From conducting IT due diligence of the target firm's IT assets to the development of a detailed plan for integrating IT-the scope and complexity of a merger or acquisition is unlike any other challenge an IT professional will face! This Handbook was written to provide the IT professional with a comprehensive source of information regarding IT within the context of a merger or acquisition. The book is divided into four parts. Part I is a 70-page overview of mergers and acquisitions that provides the IT professional with all of the information needed to understand a merger or acquisition transaction from beginning to end. Part II of the Handbook is a comprehensive 266-page description of the major categories of IT assets within a typical enterprise. It includes detailed step-by-step guidance on how to conduct IT due diligence, along with 364 due diligence questions. It also includes numerous evaluation metrics, best practices, and a discussion of potential risks. Part III of the Handbook presents an innovative methodology and framework for integrating the IT capabilities of two companies. Spanning 102 pages, it provides a detailed "roadmap" for successful integration of the IT assets. Finally, Part IV of the Handbook contains 40 pages of supporting content, including a: List of Tables and Figures, Glossary, Bibliography, and Index. The material in this Handbook is drawn from the knowledge and experience of many experts in the M&A field and includes numerous tables and diagrams to enhance understanding for the reader.
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