We have consulted with firms with IT budgets in excess of $1 billion, yet our average IT valuation is $96 million for mergers and acquisitions.   Often software applications and the teams which develop them become the primary consideration when two firms merge or an acquisition takes place. 

Benefits of our analysis

  • Increase profit margins
  • Improve return on IT investments
  • Reduces the unknowns
  • Identify best practices and worst practices
  • Pinpoint redundancies
  • Quantifies the risks
  • Improves communication

There are several reasons companies have turned to us for help with mergers and acquisitions.

  • Quick Assessments
  • Significant Experience
  • International Knowledge Base
  • Comprehensive analysis

Quick Assessments
Since we have a broad base of experiences, normally assessments can be done in less than 30 days.  We quantify the level of management expertise, to avoid any unexpected surprises.

Significant Experience
We have consulted with firms in every industry relying on software. Our clients include some of the best IT organizations in the world.   We have assessed firms with only a few IT developers to firms with over 4,000 developers.

International Knowledge Base
We have provided consulting expertise in a variety of situations including:

  • US firms acquiring another US firm
  • European firms acquiring a US firm
  • European firms acquiring another European firm.

While the bulk of our experience is in the USA and Europe, we have consulted in Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  Our database of knowledge is very diverse.

Comprehensive Analysis
A significant amount of effort is spent trying to determine which software application to keep and which one to retire.  The best way to analyze two firms is to establish the exact same set of metrics and heuristics for both firms. This allows the firms to be compared using the same set of metrics and using the same exact process.  

Our Process
We gather a specific set of process measures which includes detailed information about:
             - Personnel (staff and management)
             - Technology
             - Process
             - Environment

We gather a set of specific project related metrics including but not limited too:
             - Productivity Rates
             - Hours
             - Size
             - Costs
             - Defects
             - Quality

We gather a set of specific application measures and examine specific documentation including, but not limited to:
             - Requirements Documentation
             - Project Plans
             - Design Documentation
             - User Documentation
             - Technical Documentation

Comparative Analysis
Hard data is analyzed using simple and complex statistical methods.   Soft data collected is analyzed from a behavioral perspective.   This allows us to compare productivity and quality levels, and  perhaps even more important explain why there are differences.

Final  Reports
Assessment and valuation reports can be cumbersome to write because of the technical nature of the content.  Each report contains an executive summary outlining our findings.  Our reports also include extensive analysis and details to support our findings.  Our reports follow the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisers.

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