Arlyn Broekhuis, CIO at North Dakota-based non-profit healthcare company Sanford Health, is no stranger to mergers and acquisitions. Sanford Health recently merged with Fargo, ND-based MeritCare Health System and Bismarck, ND's Medcenter One.
Whether a company is merging with an organization of equal size or gobbling up a smaller competitor, Broekhuis acknowledges that common challenges arise when the two attempt to unite technologies, business processes, and cultures. Certainly mergers and acquisitions can create new opportunities for IT professionals with the expansion of a company's products and services. But sharing precious IT resources with complete strangers can also lead to everything from culture clashes to poorly integrated systems.
Fortunately, a little effective planning and proactive management can help smooth those inevitable bumps. Broekhuis offers 6 suggestions for IT leaders on how to manage team members, both new and old, while in the throes of a merger or acquisition.
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