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What a CFO Wants (From the Cloud)—and How to Deliver It

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jun 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Fortune magazine reports that while cloud adoption continues to skyrocket, there’s one big holdout in the enterprise: the chief financial officer. Up to now, the adoption rate of cloud-based financial systems has been a modest 20 percent, lagging behind almost every other enterprise application.

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Topics: cloud services



How to Squelch Data Loss Without Killing Employee Productivity

Posted by Brad Todd

Jun 21, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Just how many cloud services does your company use? More importantly, how many do your employees use that you aren’t aware of?

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Topics: cloud solutions



M&A: 6 Ways an Unsecure Past Can Ruin an Otherwise Bright Future

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jun 14, 2016 8:30:00 AM

People often say you should let the past be the past, or let bygones be bygones. In many aspects of life, that’s good advice. You can’t change the past, after all. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone deserves a second chance, right?

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Topics: Mergers & Acquisitons



Why IT Migrations Are So Often Underestimated

Posted by Brad Dorethy

Jun 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When you think of hiring a managed service provider (MSP), you often think of computer and user management, storage capacity, networking and security. These are typical needs of a small to medium businesses (SMBs) with little or in-house IT staff. But there’s far more to outsourcing IT than the basic services, no matter how comprehensive they are.

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Topics: Data Migration



IT Due Diligence: Make Sure Your New Acquisition Can Scale

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jun 1, 2016 11:17:00 AM

Last week, we explored the risks of assuming your target company’s compliance on licensing. If it isn’t, you’ll have to factor in the costs for any unlicensed or under-licensed software. The licenses also have to be assignable when the transaction closes. And don’t forget any civil or criminal penalties, should the vendors wish to pursue them.

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Topics: IT due diligence



IT Due Diligence and Software Licensing: It Pays to Get the Full Picture

Posted by Kris Lamberth

May 26, 2016 4:02:13 PM

As we’ve often said, when it comes to acquisitions, IT due diligence often gets glossed over or even forgotten amidst all the financial assessments. But, as we’ve also shown, a lack of thorough IT due diligence can be quite costly, even for “low-tech” acquisitions.

Today we’ll dig into just one aspect of due diligence where not knowing can leave you with costly blind spots: software licensing.

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Topics: IT due diligence



M&A: How to Ensure Yours Is Technologically Sound – Part 3

Posted by Kris Lamberth

May 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Why and how to partner with the experts

We started this series by explaining why thorough IT due diligence is crucial to any merger or acquisition – and why it often fails.

Then last week, we focused on three key areas for that due diligence:

  • What assets you are buying – and in what condition
  • How (or if) they will drive your business goals forward
  • Whether they can scale and integrate with the rest of your business

Finding someone that can actually do thorough due diligence on information assets isn’t always simple. Certainly, we’ve said that typical M&A accounting firms don’t often staff such experts. And if you don’t have a sizable in-house IT staff, you won’t have the people needed to do it.

So how do you select the right partner?

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Topics: IT due diligence



M&A: How to Ensure Yours Is Technologically Sound – Part 2

Posted by Kris Lamberth

May 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

3 key areas critical to your IT due diligence

Last week we kicked off this mini-series by talking about why IT due diligence often fails. Sometimes it’s prioritized lower than financial aspects. Other times, it’s performed by non-tech-savvy persons. Most often, though, assessors don’t look beyond the “IT window dressing,” taking it at face value.

Glossing over IT infrastructure can drive your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) far higher than you expect. Unsecured networks, antiquated hardware, legacy software and messy data – these can end up giving you a whopping case of buyer’s remorse.

Today we look at a possible example of such failure. Then we’ll dig into three key areas you’ll need to assess. Otherwise, you won’t have an accurate picture of whether IT assets will make – or break – your merger or acquisition.

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Topics: IT due diligence



M&A: How to Ensure Yours Is Technologically Sound – Part 1

Posted by Kris Lamberth

May 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Why proper IT due diligence is critical (and why it fails)

Have you ever purchased a big ticket item – a home, vacation property or maybe a classic car – only to get a big surprise afterward?

Not the nice kind of surprise. The kind where you find out the foundation is cracked, the structure’s riddled with termites, or the “original” paint isn’t quite original after all. 

That’s why it always pays to get an expert – a building inspector or a trusty mechanic – to certify what you’re buying is legitimate and sound, before you sign the deal.

Why, then, wouldn’t you do the same when you size up a company for acquisition, especially where IT assets are concerned?

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Topics: IT due diligence



6 Reasons Desktop Virtualization Makes More Sense Than Ever

Posted by Brad Dorethy

May 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A Google search this morning showed a parade of different articles, all titled “Desktop Virtualization Comes of Age.” At first glance, the earliest article was back in 2007. Yet another appeared almost every year. That means we’ve been predicting virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) will become viable and affordable for almost 10 years.

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Topics: Managed IT Services



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