IT governance and mergers

Bruce MacEwan has a very good post on his blog about the IT governance issues facing law firms as they pursue mergers. While his particular focus is on the economics of law practices, there are many excellent points here that relate to mergers in any industry. This is clear, concise guidance for anyone involved in a merger or acquisition – the 25-odd M & A deals I’ve been involved in (as an executive or CEO) all demonstrate that absolute accuracy of these comments – and, insofar as IT governance is fundamentally about how the direction that directors or top partners set for IT within the firm, this advice is spot on. I think there’s a book in this!