The Executive’s Guide To Mergers And Acquisitions

By Michael Glessner & Alexander Tang – Each merger is different, but most companies can expect to experience many of the following pains:

  • Dispersed technical solutions across business sites and segments (ERP, PLM, PPM, QMS and others). Existing solutions within each company can include multiple packages from various vendors which were never fully integrated from previous mergers, which significantly adds to the complexity of the situation
  • Lack of discipline around existing business processes including new product development, new technology development and portfolio management
  • Varying levels of willingness to integrate
  • High number of procedures for employees to follow with many outdated ones still in effect
  • Lack of balance between required design control requirements and business objectives (this is even more important in regulated industries)
  • Significant resource constraints

Faced with dismal numbers and many of the challenges above, the operations executive is often betting his or her career based on the results of the integration effort. more>


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