Mergers and acquisitions (M&A activities) present many challenges, and the challenges related to IT should not be understated. Even if you intend to keep the business separate for the short term, there is valuable analysis that can help you to prioritize what can, should or must be done.

Such starts with a comprehensive audit of all hardware and software. Software rationalization can always provide an organization with huge savings potential, but this is especially the case during an acquisition. Combining site licenses and eliminating the need to renew maintenance on unused software titles are often prioritized due to the potential for cost savings.

Understanding what hardware, software, licenses and contracts exist so you can accurately forecast this sometimes-forgotten cost. Finding a service provider that has experience doing such assessments and provides the range of services required can be a challenge. But it is a challenge we’ve seen multiple times at AppDetails—let us help connect with you the ideal provider based on your specific requirements and budget and register for AppDetails free Recommendation Services today.

Just some of the questions you should consider when dealing with mergers and acquisitions…

  • At what point in the device lifecycle are deployed end user devices?

    Maybe a refresh just occurred or maybe it is long overdue

  • Is end user hardware standardized? Is it under warrantee?

    If you have several hardware combinations to contend with, driver management can grow to be a serious concern. Rolling out a new gold image to get systems to a common baseline will require more up front effort if the hardware on the network is not consistent between users.

  • What sources exist to review the organizations current understanding of its software?

    Sometimes spreadsheets and emails are all you’ll get, but many have an inventory agent in place for a rough idea of what is out there. A skilled audit team will be able to leverage all data sources in its review and will incorporate such as opposed to trying to start blind.

  • Are end user devices locked down?

    An open system, or one where the end user has administrative privileges is not only at greater risk of containing unauthorized or unwanted software, but can introduce an environment where the business has little understanding of what software they have on managed devices. Importantly, such devices are far more likely to be insecure and to be home to malware.

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