Mergers, acquisitions (M&A) and other restructuring efforts have been the order for the last couple years now, resulting from poor economic growth and the desire for organizations to improve efficiency and release locked-up value in their businesses. And no industry is immune to consolidation; public sector, government and education organizations are driven to reduce costs and improve efficiency. I read an article today that said there were nearly 4,100 M&A transactions in the first half of 2011 worth billions of dollars cumulatively. Each one of these mergers, acquisitions, consolidations or restructuring operations results in enormous activity at all levels of the business, but perhaps no other area is as affected as IT.
M&A can be a disruptive, risky process when merging directories or email systems as each are the lifeblood of the business. Ensuring that the transitions are seamless, efficient and without productivity or data loss is paramount to the budget and the reputation of the company. In our experience, a successful M&A effort for IT looks like this:
- Enables organizations to design/re-design their infrastructures to meet business needs and free up resources for innovation
- Reduces migration time, risks, and complexity while minimizing the impact to both IT and end users
- Enables organizations to take advantage of the latest enhancements in new platforms, and achieve their compliance, security and operational objectives
- Helps control IT spend, by building on existing investments while eliminating duplicate infrastructures
- Saves time and reduces complexity of IT environments by streamlining administration
Fortunately, there is help for IT organizations. Quest offers best practices guidance on merging disparate directories centered on our proven, repeatable process for migrations. And by proven I mean that Quest has migrated something like 45 million AD user accounts. Don't take our word for it, though. Check out a new webcast, delivered by directory expert Nelson Ruest, to learn about the top three approaches to restructuring.