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Mergers & Acquisitions: Impact on your IT Landscape

Mergers & Acquisitions: Impact on your IT Landscape

In the intricate dance of corporate acquisitions, mergers and disinvestments, the spotlight often falls on financial figures, market share, and strategic alignment. Yet, during valuation discussions and integration plans, there’s a critical aspect that can make or break the success of the deal: the IT ecosystem and security landscape of the target company.

Acquiring, merging, or disinvesting (part of) a company without a comprehensive understanding of its IT ecosystem is like buying a house without inspecting its foundation. It may look appealing from the outside, but lurking beneath could be hidden complexities, vulnerabilities, or inefficiencies waiting to surface. This is where IT due diligence steps in as a crucial component of the acquisition, merger, or disinvestment process.

At Covalens, we understand the pivotal role that IT plays in the success of mergers, acquisitions, or disinvestments. With our seasoned expertise, we’ve conducted meticulous IT audits for companies navigating the intricate terrain of acquisitions, mergers, or disinvestments. Here’s why delving into the full IT picture is imperative for informed decision-making and seamless integration.

Valuation Accuracy

Beyond tangible assets and revenue streams, the IT ecosystem could hold substantial value or opposite an important discount for the transaction. A comprehensive IT audit unveils the true worth of digital assets, intellectual property, software licenses, and the efficiency of existing systems. By assessing the scalability, compatibility, and health of IT systems, acquirers or sellers can refine their valuation models and avoid overpaying or underestimating the target’s worth.

Risk Mitigation

In today’s digitally interconnected world, cyber threats loom large. Any weakness in cybersecurity defenses of the target company could potentially jeopardize the entire acquisition, leading to data breaches, regulatory non-compliance, and reputational damage. Through rigorous security assessments, acquirers gain insights into vulnerabilities, compliance gaps, and data protection protocols, enabling them to proactively address risks and safeguard their investment.

Disentanglement & Integration Seamlessness

The success of disinvestment disentanglement and post-acquisition integration hinges on segregating and afterwards harmonizing disparate IT landscapes seamlessly. A thorough understanding of the target company’s IT ecosystem facilitates strategic alignment, technology consolidation, and interoperability planning. Armed with insights from IT due diligence, acquirers and sellers can develop a roadmap for disentanglement, integration, streamline workflows, and ensure minimal disruption to operations.

Operational Efficiency

Synergizing IT operations post-acquisition is pivotal for unlocking operational efficiencies and driving value creation. By identifying redundancies, inefficiencies, and opportunities for optimization in IT processes and systems, acquirers can streamline operations, enhance productivity, and accelerate time-to-market for new products and services.


In essence, embracing a holistic approach to IT due diligence empowers acquirers to make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and unlock hidden value in acquisitions. At Covalens, we stand as trusted partners, leveraging our expertise to guide companies through the intricate maze of IT assessments and integration strategies.


Due to the ever-increasing proliferation of IT ecosystems, Covalens combines the strength of its Business Technology, Project and Service Delivery consultants, with the deep technical insights available in abundance and in a multi-disciplinary manner within the Cronos group.

In combining these different skills and expertise, Covalens offers worry-free total packages to its customers, avoiding the customer must engage with many different partners for a single M&A or Disinvestment transaction.

As companies embark on the journey of growth through acquisitions, let us not overlook the foundational pillar of IT. For in the convergence of bytes and business lies the true essence of value creation and competitive advantage.

If you’re navigating the complex terrain of M&A or Disinvestments and seeking to unveil the full IT picture, Covalens is here to be your guiding light. Let’s embark on this journey together, where insight meets innovation, and opportunities abound.

Contact Steve Dierckens (, +32-478/38.12.71)

today to discover how our tailored IT audit services can transform your M&A or Disinvestment strategy from vision to reality.

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