Interlink uses six successive phases to integrate, standardize, and deploy your cloud computing-based IT operations. Each M&A phase works to ensure that the newly formed entity can leverage the cloud to drive value and be ready to take on any new acquisitions.


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    Phase One: Understanding Your Goals

    The first phase begins with understanding the goals and vision of the acquired company and ends with the building of a high-level integration plan.

    Interlink assesses:

    • The level of IT operations in place at the parent company
    • The scalability of IT operations at the parent company
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    Phase Two: The Assessment

    Phase two is an assessment of the parent and acquired entities' IT environments.

    This phase includes:

    • Categorizing IT assets that create value
    • Identifying which software licenses can transfer
    • Assessing the level of IT human capital and resources available
    • Indexing and analyzing the risk of any homegrown systems

    *This phase can be done before or after the purchase

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    Phase Three: Building Your Infrastructure

    In the third phase, we build your new IT infrastructure and start the integration of the first few firms.

    Phase three emphasizes:

    • Speed to productivity
    • Building basic, but effective, collaboration platforms
    • Developing standardization onboarding policies and processes
    • Above all else, not fixing what isn't broken
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    Phase Four: Standardization

    Phase four focuses on building IT standardization at scale.

    We create standardization goals and processes for:

    • Cloud services, collaboration tools, hardware replacements, networking infrastructure, and software
    • Purchasing new IT assets while enforcing standardization
    • Leveraging buying power through vendor consolidation
    • Prioritizing the acquisition through IT needs
    • Training strategies
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    Phase Five: Building Your Shared Services Foundation

    The fifth phase is dedicated to building shared services, which serve as the foundation of communication, collaboration, and IT operations.

    The shared services phase will:

    • Develop a shared IT support model
    • Centralize the IT purchasing process
    • Update and execute the previously developed training plan
    • Centralize voice platforms
    • Build enhanced collaboration tools
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    Phase Six: Optimization of Your New Infrastructure

    The final phase optimizes all the infrastructure, processes, and builds to serve the ongoing operations - including future acquisitons - of the parent company.

    Phase six concludes with:

    • Bringing up each previously acquired site to the proper standardization levels
    • Building process and approach templates for future acquisitions
    • Documenting the IT service delivery model
    • Developing IT chargeback process

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