Mergers are hot again: Is your tech team prepared for post-deal integration?
By Jim Milde, executive vice president, Keane Inc.
History shows that M&A deals during downturns yield better results. Boston Consulting, which analyzed over 400,000 deals from 1981 to 2008, recently concluded that "downturn deals create 14.5% more value for shareholders of the acquirer" than deals done during upturns. And they're twice as likely to produce long-term returns of more than 50%.
That's good news for companies that act now, especially if they are able to successfully execute complex business - and information technology integrations - to support their goals.
PepsiCo's (PEP) $7.8 billion acquisition of its anchor bottling operations, announced in August, is a prime example of a company changing its business model in an effort to get more efficient and better serve customers. How? If done correctly, the acquisition will eliminate redundant support functions and streamline sales, marketing and supply chain operations. More
Social networking site elbows in on LinkedIn's job-finding franchise.
When it comes to finding a new job, they say it's all about who you know. With the rise of online social networks that has never been truer.
Today, 42% of adults in the U.S. with Internet access maintain a profile on a social networking site, up from 20% in 2007, according to Forrester Research. And in an economy where almost one-tenth of MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 10, 2009 7:00 AM ET
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