M&A Information Technology Best Practices The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transaction process is fraught with pitfalls and roadblocks that must be carefully navigated with skill and care to achieve the goal of one new, improved organization from two separate, distinctly different companies. Of all these pitfalls, the one that frequently poses the biggest challenge is how to plan for and execute post-merger information technology (IT) systems integration. Refreshingly free of jargon, M&A Information Technology Best Practices serves as a guide to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures for executives and their direct reports. Featuring contributions from industry leaders, this volume details ways to facilitate successful deals by appropriately leveraging the IT function throughout the transaction. The best practices highlighted in this comprehensive manual offer need-to-know information concerning the IT aspects of deals, the role of IT during those deals, how business and IT strategy can be aligned during a deal, and key components of how IT needs to manage its operations during a deal. With a companion website containing checklists for due diligence, integration and divestiture planning, and infrastructure, and a detailed framework for a playbook on how to execute a deal from an IT perspective, this essential guide to IT best practices for mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures explores: IT's role in mergers and acquisitions Aligning business and IT during mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures M&A IT strategy, approach, and governance IT due diligence leading practices IT infrastructure aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures M&A IT and synergies Cloud considerations for M&A IT architecture Data implication of M&A Third-party contracts in M&A IT risk, security, and controls in M&A The role of the CIO and CFO Managing the people side of M&A IT IT program governance How to avoid an M&A failure Its heavy reliance by executives in today's business environment makes IT a priority item in the M&A agenda. Filled with plain-English guidance, checklists, and cases, M&A Information Technology Best Practices is a playbook for M&A IT results.