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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.

Olga Nissen

Managing Director – Accenture Strategy, IT Mergers and Acquisitions Lead, EMEA

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


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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