The economy hasn’t been all bad. There are plenty of companies that remained strong and were able to take advantage of the downturn – seeing it as a great opportunity to buy their competitors or other companies that will put them a step ahead when things get better. The number of IPOs has been dismal, but KMPG predicted M&A activity would pick up in the second half of 2009.
Companies going through mergers and acquisitions – especially now – are facing the challenges of bringing new users into compliance on the IT side as cheaply as possible. The mobile workforce and reduced budgets makes it more difficult than ever before. Here are some tips that can make life easier for IT managers following M&A activity:
Gain Immediate Transparency into New Users’ Devices: There is software out there right now that will let IT managers know the who, when, and where of device usage – all three of which are crucial to managing them. The software is relatively inexpensive per seat and will pay significant returns when it comes to reporting the current situation to the higher-ups.
Know Where Software Landmines Might Exist: I’ve seen this plenty – a company manages to move its newly-acquired division over to new time management software UNTIL the marketing department, which uses something else entirely refuses to make the move, citing some arrangement with their vendors. The extra 30 licenses the IT manager bought for marketing were a huge waste of money and nobody is happy. Avoid it all by getting a clear understanding of what software is actually being used and what is idle.
Consider Moving to New Technology: M&As can be the perfect time to holistically review the entire IT situation and make a mass migration to a different technology for every user in the new company. Cloud computing is a prime example. Instead of moving the new users over the existing infrastructure, software, and devices and then considering an upgrade in the future – making the move to the cloud now could save a lot of resources and have an impact on the bottom line. And the rough economy means there are great deals to be had.