Clusters and Nuggets: Mastering Postmerger IT Integration

Why does IT integration often hinder a smooth corporate merger process? Among the reasons are that defining a well-structured approach can slip far down the priority list, and companies can get bogged down deciding which applications should be kept or discarded by the combined entity. BCG research and case work have identified six key IT integration lessons from banking mergers that can benefit companies in any sector. A principal learning is that the best design for a merging IT landscape often involves choosing “clusters” of applications from each entity, rather than assembling a diverse collection of single applications, or picking the entire landscape of one merger partner.

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