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Use Case

Post-Merger IT Integration

Mergers and acquisitions remain one of the fastest and most effective ways for companies to grow. But the challenges of bringing companies together have evolved.

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Due to technology being intertwined, IT integrations of organizations are one of the biggest roadblocks to overcome during M&A activities. While keeping the day-to-day business running, two sets of capabilities and IT landscapes need to be combined. LeanIX creates the necessary transparency to streamline post-merger integration IT workstreams to realize maximum joint potential.

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How it works

The steps to successful integration with LeanIX

Map joint strategy to business capabilities

  • Capture and model Business Capabilities of the acquired organization
  • Map them to existing capabilities and derive a joint Business Capability map
  • Classify Business Capabilities with the Gartner Pace Layer method to align investments and resources

Create an integrated application landscape

  • Create a complete view of all applications from both companies and analyze them by usage and cost metrics
  • Collect feedback from business stakeholders on the functional and technical fit of applications (i.e., application owners)
  • Gain understandings of application integrations and dependencies to evaluate change efforts

Define paths forward for each application

  • Leverage LeanIX reports evaluating the applications by technical fit, functional fit, and lifecycle
  • Align on overall IT merging strategy: e.g., “best of both worlds” vs. “align on major platforms” vs. “the winner takes it all”
  • Apply the TIME model to define if applications should be tolerated (T), invested in (I), migrated (M), or eliminated (E)

Model impacts defining the target architecture

  • Identify successors for elimination and migration candidates
  • Document the future of Applications as impacts and set lifecycle dates accordingly
  • Compare different rationalization scenarios based on the modeled impacts

Build and share the integration roadmap

  • Set up projects to migrate and eliminate applications taking dependencies into account
  • Communicate timelines and impacts to business stakeholders
  • Share the visualization of the integrated Application Landscape at future points in time

Execute and track the integration project

  • Carry out the planned application harmonization
  • Automatically update architecture documentation by executing impacts when projects are completed
  • Track project status and measure stages of completion and savings

Benefits from the LeanIX customer base

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Ensure 30% faster workstream ramp-up through swift overviews across the merged IT landscapes

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Support two post-merger integrations while continuing IT operations at 100%

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Save costs by eliminating 45% of redundant applications within 6 months

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Accelerate post-merger integration to realize IT value in 90 days

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Reduce incoming technical debts from acquisitions by 35% in one year

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Develop application rationalization roadmaps to materialize $1.3M savings

Customer Success Story - Atlassian

Use LeanIX to Accelerate Integration Planning

Atlassian has a company goal to realize the IT value of acquisitions in 90 days. By utilizing LeanIX, they achieve this goal by:

  • Mapping the acquired applications and the capabilities they enable
  • Relying on service lifecycle information embedded into LeanIX Fact Sheets
  • Achieving insights from the out-of-the-box Application Landscape heat map and Application Roadmap report

CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORY - ZF

How LeanIX Supported Post-Merger Integrations at ZF

Hear from ZF Friedrichshafen AG on their experience using LeanIX to integrate WABCO. ZF’s successful post-merger integration will show you:

  • The importance of Business Capabilities for speeding up post-merger integrations
  • How to have a clear overview of your application inventory for a transparent IT landscape
  • The key LeanIX reports you can rely on in your post-merger integration projects.

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