In today’s data-driven world, merging with or absorbing another company can seem stressful, to say the least. Fortunately, cloud-based technology makes it simpler than ever to integrate the infrastructures of two or more companies. It provides several benefits that allow companies to enhance their own operations, even in the middle of a merger or acquisition.
Today’s technology allows business owners to determine how they want to merge their data, programs, operations, and infrastructure. For example, when a company acquires another organization, it may choose to leave its infrastructure completely independent of the one acquired and simply build connectivity between them. On the other hand, it may decide to migrate both infrastructures to the cloud. Lastly, in some cases, the acquiring company may want to migrate only one company to the cloud, then integrate that service into the other’s on-site infrastructure. The availability of these options allows companies to determine which type of integration would best suit their needs for both current and future needs. View eight key ways acquiring companies can ensure IT is playing a pervasive role in executing a profitable merger.
When it comes to integration, it’s important to integrate quickly. Among the most important things to assimilate right away are email domains, directory services, address lists, calendar sharing, and more. These things can all determine how efficiently a company runs immediately following a merger or acquisition. Cloud technology allows this information to deploy to all users seamlessly, which means every stakeholder and employee associated with the company will have access to up to date information in real time. Check out Interlink's six successive phases to integrate, standardize, and deploy your cloud computing-based IT operations.
Mergers and acquisitions indicate growth, which means it becomes necessary to scale software systems. For example, a company with 500 people using a specific type of software may suddenly double, which means the software will need to be deployed quickly and efficiently to the new employees. Cloud technology makes scalability easy and painless. Acquiring companies can increase their cloud-based subscription on-the-fly to match their current number of users. With access to subscription-based cloud services, sharing information with employees and stakeholders becomes a simpler process. It provides everyone with access to the data they need to keep the company running smoothly, avoiding downtime and interrupted productivity.
In traditional, non-cloud mergers and acquisitions, you must consider a variety of factors – especially when it comes to the hardware and the apps being used. For example, if you’re doubling the capacity of your company through an acquisition, you may find yourself thinking about doubling your server capacity. With cloud technology, this simply isn’t necessary. You can easily scale and extend applications into the cloud using cloud-computing services like Microsoft Azure. You only need to create a plan to complete the integration and then move forward. This allows you to focus your attention on the more important business focused tasks.
Cloud technology provides companies with quick deployment of services, software, and empowers employees – both current and newly acquired - with the information and tools they need post acquisition. It resolves concerns surrounding servers and applications because they are readily available in the cloud. Finally, it allows everyone access to pertinent information in real time, which keeps your company running, even during the deployment phase.
Look to Interlink to help you outline the options based on your future goals and current infrastructure. Contact us today!