Acquisitions are difficult pursuits for most enterprises. There is often a tremendous amount of due diligence that takes place prior to purchasing another company. Executives are concerned with understanding market attractiveness and product line fit, among other variables, to determine if investment is warranted. However, not much attention, media or otherwise, is paid to assessing how effectively two companies can integrate. This is concerning because, in fact, many acquisitions fail to economically return as much as anticipated due to their inability to effectively integrate. Certainly culture and other aspects are major factors here but one of the most prominent is IT integration.
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