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Ransomware Still Not Holding You Hostage? Lucky You

Posted by Blake Bellman

Jul 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Unless you’ve been off the grid for the last year, you know about ransomware’s relentless march around the globe. If your company is still untouched, consider yourself lucky. After all, Computer Weekly reports the “Locky” ransomware affected companies in at least 114 countries in the first quarter of 2016 alone.

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Topics: Cyber Security



Still Not in the Hybrid Cloud? 8 Reasons You Should Be

Posted by Brad Dorethy

Jul 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Three years ago Gartner predicted 50 percent of companies would adopt the newly-christened “hybrid cloud” by 2017. With 2017 less than six months away, how close did they come?

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud



Due Diligence: Is Your Acquisition Target Courting Disaster?

Posted by Kris Lamberth

Jul 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We recently sat down for a chat with long-time client, Jim Lines, Senior Operating Partner at Thoma Bravo, one of the most experienced and successful private equity firms in the United States. For the last 15 years, Jim has turned to Paranet to help his company with due diligence. Specifically, Paranet assesses the technological health of many of Thoma Bravo’s merger and acquisition candidates and, in many cases, performs the necessary work to get a company where it needs to be from an IT perspective.

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Topics: IT due diligence



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



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