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Reviewing IT in Due Diligence - Are you buying an IT asset or liability?

Reviewing IT in Due Diligence - Are you buying an IT asset or liability

SKU: 4565
Authors: Christopher Wright and Bryan Altimas
Publishers: ITGP
Format: PDF
ISBN13: 9781849287210
Published: 19 Mar 2015
Availability: In Stock

With expert guidance presented in an easily digestible style, this book is essential reading for anyone who needs to understand the key IT issues that need to be considered in the due diligence process.

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Mergers and acquisitions – are you getting an IT asset or liability?

When you merge with or acquire another business, you also gain their IT and data. In an ideal world this integration would be seamless and easy. In reality, however, this is often not the case. Mergers can, for example, lead to the loss of sales systems or to badly configured data. The problems don’t stop in the computer room, either – they affect the whole of the business and the success of the merger/acquisition.

Don’t make a risky mistake

Businesses and investors use due diligence reviews to ensure such deals do not have nasty hidden surprises. Many overlook the IT systems and services of the businesses they are acquiring, however, and push information risk management (IRM) professionals to the sidelines in the due diligence process. In a world of increasing cyber attacks and information security threats, this can be a very risky mistake to make.

Product overview

Reviewing IT in Due Diligence provides an introduction to IRM in due diligence, and outlines some of the key IT issues to consider as part of the due diligence process. For those new to the process, it explains how to conduct an IT due diligence review, from scoping to reporting, and includes information on post-merger integration to realise business benefits from the deal.

For more experienced practitioners, Reviewing IT in Due Diligence provides fresh insight into the process, highlighting issues that need to be addressed, and provides a business case for IRM involvement in the due diligence process.

Topics covered include:

  • Why IT is important to due diligence
  • The importance of IT security
  • System reviews and data reviews
  • Reviewing projects and changes in progress
  • IT service provision value for money
  • IT due diligence reporting
  • Post-merger integration

Comprehensive case studies are included throughout the book.

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"I found this book very interesting. Due diligence is one of those functions that happens way before us ‘IT’ers’ get involved and so this is a useful insight into the work that happens up front and the evidence we can obtain for our work even if we were not involved in the initial due diligence."

- Chris Evans, ITSM Specialist

About the author

Bryan Altimas

has over 32 years’ experience of technology risk management, having led teams performing technology due diligence, and having advised organisations in numerous business sectors, locations and circumstances on the effectiveness of their technology strategy in delivering business objectives. He is a qualified accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). He left KPMG in 2014 after 17 years, having contributed to their IT due diligence methodology.

Christopher Wright

is a former qualified accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified ScrumMaster™ with over 30 years’ experience providing financial and IT advisory and risk management services. For 16 years, he worked at KPMG, where he was head of information risk training in the UK and also ran training courses overseas, including in India and throughout mainland Europe. He managed a number of major IS audit and risk assignments, including project risk and business control reviews. He has worked in a wide range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, the public sector, aviation, and travel. For the past eight years, he has been an independent consultant specialising in financial, SOX and operational controls for major ERP implementations, mainly at oil and gas/utilities enterprises. He is the author of Agile Governance and Audit, which is also available from ITGP.

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