In today’s world, mergers and acquisitions are common and are performed across all industries and company sizes. The acquisition of a company or of parts of a company (almost) always involves the takeover of the corresponding IT system landscape and IT personnel. After the acquisition, it is vital that the adopted organization/company is adequately integrated into the parent or owning company's IT system landscape and organization.

There are various approaches that range from keeping the IT completely separate to fully integrating it. Anything and everything is conceivable and quite possible.

We would like to use this short survey to gain transparency about the various approaches and solution paths selected. We would like to discover the drivers behind choices made in favour of one solution over another when integrating IT post merger or acquisition. In particular, we are focused on the complexareas of Directory Services, Identity Management, Workplace and Collaboration / Communication (Please find below a glossary for a definition of the terms). 
 
We kindly ask for your support. Please, make best use of the questionnaire, the better your input is the better the output for every participant will be. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Donnermeyer from JSC AG (Phone: +49 172 5344508;  Mail: mdo@jsc.de).

Please fill in the questionnaire by May, 31st at the latest (~10 minutes to complete). Of course, we will treat your answers confidentially and we will distribute the anonymized analysis of all answers by mid of June to all participants.

GLOSSARY

Directory Services (DS)
IT systems for locating, managing, administering and organizing everyday items and network resources in a computer network. Items and resources can include volumes, folders, files, printers, users, groups, devices, telephone numbers and other objects. Microsoft Active Directory (AD) is an example for a Directory Service.

Identity Management (IdM)
IT systems for managing the identification, authentication and authorization of individuals or group of individuals on applications, IT systems and other IT resources.
The focus of IdM systems lies on managing user data at scale with good efficiency and controls whereas the focus of DS systems lies on efficient storing and retrieving of data including users and groups. IdM and DS systems are usually strongly interlinked.

Workplace
Computer devices for use by company employees (PCs, Laptops, Tablets) including the Hardware, the software images with OS and basic software tools (e.g. Office Software) plus required server infrastructure for image and software deployment, for monitoring and for maintenance of the devices.

Communication & Collaboration
Set of standard tools to provide communication and collaboration functionality for all employees of a company. Example tools are Intranets and WIKIs, (Video-) Conferencing like Skype, File sharing like Sharepoint.

User Experience (UX)
A user's perception and experience when interacting with applications and IT systems including aspects such as utility, ease of use and efficiency.

Single-Sign-On (SSO)
Ability to log in to different applications and IT systems with one single user ID and password and without the need to repeated authentication.

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* 2. Has your company aquired in the past 10 years another company or parts of another company with more than 10% of its own workforce?

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