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Mergers and Acquisitions: Don’t forget about the data!
Mergers and acquisitions are a common phenomenon nowadays. The pressure to be competitive and strengthen its position on the market drives organization to mergers and acquisitions. Except for those companies who are in a constant acquisition mode, others are not prepared for this challenge and data is the last thing they think about when signing the papers.
A strategy for merger execution is made and our first challenge is to put data on this roadmap. The impact of data is either underestimated, or somewhere near the bottom of the priority list. Greenfield or brownfield implementation, no matter what direction will be taken, but data should be near the top of the execution plan.
We will learn that data will steer the timing of the merger process and suddenly become a critical activity. During the merger process operational reporting will be produced in threefold: current, temporary corporate and final corporate.
But it’s not only bad news, it gives us a unique opportunity to put a data governance organization in place.
About the Author
Ivan Schotsmans has more than 25 years of experience in bridging the gap between business and IT, applying people, process, problem-solving, and technical skills to improve individual, team and organizational performance. Ivan has designed, developed and implemented multiple full life cycles in the field of data warehousing. Ivan is recognized as one of the subject matter experts in the field of data warehousing/data governance. The combination of big data and data quality is one of the challenges in his recent projects. He is also (co-)founder and active member of several global organizations (TDWI Benelux Chapter, DAMA, IAIDQ, …).
About the Author
Robin Rappaport is the Data Quality Team Leader responsible for delivery of the Data Quality Initiative for Research Databases at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Her work and that of her team contributed to the IRS being awarded a Computerworld Honor and a Government Computer News (GCN) Gala Award. She has over 25 years of experience as a Data Quality practitioner. Her undergraduate degree was in Economics with Computer Science. Her graduate work was in Operations Research with a concentration in Mathematical Modeling in Information Systems. She has worked in both private (6 years) and public sectors (since June 1990). Her positions include Computer Programmer, Systems Analyst, and Operations Research Analyst.
In addition to IQ International, the International Association for Information & Data Quality, she is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). She was Chairman, Individual Membership for the Washington, D.C. chapter from 1987- 1990. She was elected Secretary and served from 1990 - 1991.
Contact Robin by email at robin [dot] rappaport [AT] iaidq [dot] org
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An IQ International Webinar is a moderated webinar open to all, designed to serve as discussion platform for the data and information quality community. The webinars are supported and organized by IQ International -- the International Association for Information and Data Quality. IQ International seeks to engage experts with experience and expertise in the field of data and information quality.
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