Chicago Event Focuses on Cultural Aspects of Post Merger IT Integration

Jun 02, 2008, 01:00 ET from Geneca

    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The smooth integration
 of two IT teams can have a direct impact on the success of a merger or
 acquisition. This timely new event focuses on new approaches to bridge the
 cultural gaps between teams and how to prepare the IT organization for
 acquisition or merger.
     Sponsored by software development firm, Geneca, the two-hour event
 features a panel of technology leaders to discuss why some newly combined
 IT teams rally and others fail. Special attention is paid to issues not
 typically brought to the surface in a due diligence.
     Titled: "IT Post Merger Integration: What Due Diligence Won't Tell,"
 the workshop will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2008, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
 at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago. Breakfast will be served and there is
 no cost for the event.
     "We found that in post-merger situations, IT 'cultural integration' is
 often an afterthought even though IT groups are highly cultural," states
 Geneca VP of Delivery, Bob Zimmerman. "Although often overlooked, IT
 culture and 'soft' metrics play a vital role in the new team's ability to
 quickly deliver on the business success criteria of the new company."
Topics covered by the panel will cover include: -- Uncovering cultural issues in due diligence -- Gaining executive alignment (both sides) for the integration plan -- Preparing the IT organization for acquisition or merger integration -- Methods for creating a common culture -- Developing common metrics and methodologies -- Aligning roles and responsibilities -- Navigating the cultural landmines inherent in global integration Panel members include: Dave Kamath, CIO, Idex Corporation; Bob Zimmerman, VP of Delivery, Geneca; Lonnie Jenkins, Services BG IT Partner Director, Alcatel-Lucent; Sharon DeWitt, Director of Acquisitions, Zebra Technologies; and Mark Hendrie, North American IT Manager, ExLibris. For more information on this event, contact, or go to