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Merging M&A and cloud journeys

February 24, 2021

RESEARCH REPORT

In brief

Accelerate for growth

Capitalize on your advantages

An oil-and-gas merger prompted a cloud journey. Leaders saw a 30% reduction in technology infrastructure costs and significant ROI―for every dollar invested, a dollar in recurring savings.

Tailor your cloud journey per the deal

Greenfield beats lift and shift

A private equity firm buyer cut its Transitional Service Agreements period from 36 months down to 15 months by implementing a cloud-based greenfield IT system, creating more strategic freedom and reducing costs in the process.

Indirect benefits of cloud for M&A

Greater speed

A mature cloud program can dramatically decrease the time it takes to realize benefits/synergies, while providing a more flexible business model.

Improved financials

From reduced operating expenses to lower capital requirements, cloud helps create a leaner balance sheet.

Better resource allocation

Cloud shifts attention to strategic activities that add ROI, such as integration or transformation, versus a focus on operational activities like maintenance or asset refresh.

Stronger security

Security standards can be an attractive proposition for prospective buyers, especially in regulatory-heavy industries.

Shared lane, shared success

1. Involve your CIO early and often.

We see the most value achieved from senior M&A executives and senior cloud executives working in concert.

2. Streamline wherever possible.

A single-vendor, full-stack approach should be strategized. The more vendors and dependencies are added, the more they slow down integration.

3. Put cybersecurity top of mind.

Incorporating a cybersecurity capability into deals from the start will place your company ahead of competitors that treat it as an afterthought.

Nikhil Iyer

MANAGING DIRECTOR – TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY & ADVISORY

Nikhil helps corporate strategy and technology executives realize deal value.


Olga Nissen

MANAGING DIRECTOR – ACCENTURE STRATEGY, IT MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS LEAD, EUROPE

Olga advises business leaders on mergers and acquisitions, data analytics as well as digital and operating model transformations.


Martin Kay

MANAGING DIRECTOR – ACCENTURE STRATEGY, CUSTOMER INSIGHT & GROWTH STRATEGY

Martin and his cross-skilled team partner with clients to invent, incubate and scale new revenues streams and new business.


J. Neely

Senior Managing Director – Accenture Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions Global Lead

J.'s role focuses on working with leading clients on global M&A transformation deals to address the critical issues facing their businesses.

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