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Merging Companies, Merging Clouds

Integrating cloud environments is anything but easy. Evaluating the security risks in doing so must be a starting component of an overall M&A strategy.

Mergers and acquisitions are an essential part of the enterprise business landscape. These deals foster innovation and create some of the biggest and most successful companies in the world.

But one of the largest potential pitfalls in any M&A transaction is mishandling IT integration and creating or failing to mitigate security risk. In the era of cloud computing, the cost of inheriting poor security can be massive and quickly destroy any value the transaction poses.

In addition, a common misconception is that if the two companies merging both operate in the cloud, integration will be easier. The reality is it's actually harder due to the added complexity — no two cloud environments are identical, and the rate of change is so much faster compared with traditional IT. Post-acquisition IT integration used to take five to ten years, but these days, given the nonstop pace of innovation, organizations don't have that luxury.

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https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/merging-companies-merging-clouds/a/d-id/1334314