How can I manage mergers and acquisitions with ceBox®?

In 2016, there were over 2,500 mergers and acquisitions in France.

The trend has continued, and we are seeing more and more mergers and acquisitions in France and abroad.

In this context, the CIO must assume management of the acquired company’s IT, particularly the desktops.

Here’s a detailed explanation of how the CIO can better manage mergers and acquisitions!

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Background and issues of company mergers and acquisitions for IT departments

Background

There are more and more mergers and acquisitions every year.

Companies seek out these transactions in order to remain competitive in a market, gain a competitive advantage, or achieve economies of scale.

These transactions directly affect all the company’s departments, especially the CIO, who must react quickly to ensure the best user integration into the parent company’s corporate environment.

IT projects tied to company mergers and acquisitions are very complicated for the CIO of the parent company.

First of all, there is often an established IT department or external service providers within the acquired company, which can be a source of disagreement and tension between the two companies.

Furthermore, the acquisition or merger can lead to very heterogeneous IT in terms of the hardware, software, technology, etc.

The IT department must then deploy the group’s corporate image on the computers in order to take control of them. Until the CIO takes control of these desktops, managing them can insure a substantial cost for the company.

Issues

Provision of a corporate environment within a very short timeframe

Amount of time the new terminal is available very short

Cost of renting hardware to the acquired company high

Heterogeneous IT/monitoring impossible

Loss of income/cost of delay

Possible security breach depending on the acquired company’s security measures

Manage mergers and acquisitions with peace of mind with the ceBox® solution

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The ceBox® solution makes it possible to manage mergers and acquisitions with ease.

The administrator assigns the corporate master(s) to the subsidiary’s users in just a few clicks. Wisper takes charge of delivering Intel NUC cases to all the sites. After a power supply is connected, the desktops automatically start up with the parent company’s corporate image. The terminals, as well as the OS and software versions, are homogeneous. The updates are centrally managed for all IT, thus achieving the same level of performance and security.

If the acquired company requires a dedicated master, the administrator can create one with the necessary user software developments and centrally manage it without having to dedicate an IT resource to each site. Note that the ceBox® solution is offered as a subscription so that the company’s investment capacity is not affected.

Manage a company’s IT transfer as part of a merger and acquisition in 3 steps with ceBox®

1. Prepare the OS and applications

The administrator prepares the operating system (Windows 10, Linux, etc.) ahead of the merger and acquisition project, installing and setting up the user software. They can also prepare the network configuration and antivirus. Normally, it’s only a verification since if the administrator must deploy the same image as on the company’s current terminals, it’s already ready and up-to-date.

2. Deploy the Intel NUC

The IT team must deploy the Intel NUC provided by Wisper on the acquired company’s site(s), which consists of connecting the ceBox® and their accessories (mouse, keyboard, screen, printer, etc.) to power.

3. Deploy the corporate image

Even if the deployed terminals are at a remote site, the administrator can finalize the deployment remotely. From the ceBox® management dashboard, simply route the previously prepared image to the acquired company’s desktop and click on “Routing.” The desktops will then start up with the group’s corporate image.

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