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Best Practices for Planning and Deploying Cloud Services

Planning and deploying cloud services can be a daunting and confusing undertaking with multiple options available at different decision points. To succeed in this task, IT organizations should strive to formulate the right approaches to address the following key areas: business user engagement, deployment strategy, application selection, cloud model selection, and performance metrics.  Without further ado, here is...

Mergers and Acquisitions: Managing Cultural Differences (4 of 10)

In our previous blogs we discussed the challenges an organization faces in achieving organizational alignment and to what extent compensation and benefit programs should be harmonized between the two former companies.  Perhaps the most challenging aspect of creating organizational alignment centers around managing cultural fit and creating a new corporate culture for the merged companies. Broadly defined, culture...

IT Shared Services: Elusive But Not Impossible

Implementations of IT shared services often reveal a tale of two conflicting camps. On one hand, an IT leadership team mainly interested in realizing the financial benefits of shared services irrespective of end-user concerns, and on the other hand a business user community deeply attached to its autonomy and diligently resistant to change regardless of the financial upshot.  That is the dilemma that IT...

Mergers and Acquisitions: Harmonizing HR Policies (3 of 10)

As we continue our series of blogs on the topics of mergers and acquisitions, let us examine the importance and some key considerations on how to go about reviewing and harmonizing compensation and benefit programs between the two former companies. Build a Relevant and Competitive Benefit Portfolio The primary objective in determining the degree to which compensation and benefit programs should be harmonized is not...

Mergers and Acquisitions: Organizational Alignment – The Wisdom of Parallel Organizations (2 of 10)

As was discussed in our initial blog on this topic, effective Organizational Alignment is one of the primary challenges that face all companies that are going through a merger or acquisition.  In many instances, the ultimate success or failure of M&A activities rests largely with the quality and effectiveness of human capital management and cultural adaptation. “Is there wisdom in maintaining a parallel...
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