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Why CIOs Should Be More Involved In Acquisitions
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yalanand
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10/29/2014 | 11:08:37 PM
Re: Culture
"The culture component is especially important considering the value placed on big data today.  For big data to truly hit its stride organizations need a solid startegy as well as a commitment to building and nurishing an analytical environment. "

@pfretty: Strategies cannot be made without getting the full support of every section inside the company. Everyone having an experience about big data (or any other important projects, for that matter) can pitch in ideas and every one of those ideas have to be accounted for. Unity is the best strategy when handling newer projects.
yalanand
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10/29/2014 | 11:05:00 PM
Re: Understanding IT Culture
"Simply recognizing that IT is more than equipment and systems will advance the conversation considerably."

@Bruce: Nicely put. Most CIO's aren't telling everything to their CEO and this causes miscommunications, and the CEO gradually thinks that the IT section is trying to become independent. Maybe if the board members could bridge the communications gap among sections they could solve the internal crisis in companies.
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10/27/2014 | 7:24:48 PM
Culture
The culture component is especially important considering the value placed on big data today.  For big data to truly hit its stride organizations need a solid startegy as well as a commitment to building and nurishing an analytical environment. 


Peter Fretty
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10/27/2014 | 7:38:29 AM
Re: Any CIOs get cold shoulder during M&A?
@Shane, I'm on the other side of that problem but I figured I'd weigh in because I see the input brushed aside far too easily even though I'm part of the M&A team.  From my side though there are a few reasons I'm part of the team.  In a former job I was very active with acquisitions because we were a tech company buying other tech companies and we had to have a plan to roll everything together.  I got a lot of the softer skills from this process which is helpful no matter what industry you are in.  What I see though from the tech side is a good deal of hiding what they are or are not doing and an attitude of "I'm sure you'll figure this all out".  This is mainly because we are a much bigger company than the ones we are looking to merge with and they seem to be looking forward to us coming in and bringing our technical savvy.
BruceHarpham
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10/24/2014 | 1:58:12 PM
Understanding IT Culture
About this point:

"The wrong IT culture might prevail"


Simply recognizing that IT is more than equipment and systems will advance the conversation considerably.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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10/22/2014 | 4:51:49 PM
Any CIOs get cold shoulder during M&A?
Some convincing arguments here why an IT leader should be a critical player in M&A planning. Any IT leaders out there been shut out of acquisition prep and forced to witness poor decision-making as a result? Care to comment?
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10/22/2014 | 2:09:21 PM
Re: Why CIOs Should Be More Involved In Acquisitions
You're definitely preaching to the choir here, Fred, but you've nevertheless made a very convincing argument. This is kind of a new manifestation of a theme that we're starting to see again and again; IT is not a sub-component of the business anymore. It is the business. The whole business is digital, and every department has digital efforts and components. It would be like saying you don't want your financial staff at the table during a merger because you're just focusing on business goals - money is tied inextricably to business goals, and so is IT.

Let's think about this for a minute. When we talk about those business goals not being met, we can break that down a little further and see just how important IT is. It's not just macro-scale goals that you have for this merger. Every department is co-ordinating with their counterparts at the acquired company to figure out what their marketing goals are, their HR goals are, etc. IT doesn't just have insight into how IT operations will be affected - it has essential insight into all those other areas as well, and it needs to cross coordinate with all the affected depts to figure out what they're working with . You just can't do without it. 


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