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Enterprise Architecture Matters

Adrian Grigoriu

Enterprise Architecture for Mergers and Acquisitions

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EA describes the operation of the Enterprise and the roadmap to achieve its goals. 
It offers a view of the enterprise value chains, business functions and flows, technology systems and organisation, all aligned. 

Beside analysing, improving and roadmapping the current enterprise, the EA enables you to compare the blueprints of two enterprises targeted for M&A so that, 
Before the M&A act, you may
- analyse business and operating models employed
- assess similarity, complementarity and duplication in terms of processes, information, platforms, technology and organization
- evaluate as such the costs of the M&A in terms of M&A integration effort to enable the construction of the M&A business case taking into account the business benefits.

After the M&A act, the EA supports the absorption of the new company by
- describing the current states of the two enterprises in terms of processes, technology and people
- modelling the common target EA of the merged enterprises  
- analysing the gaps i.e. what has to be done to reduce duplication and align technologies and organization charts
- aligning roadmaps and strategies to enable the transformation to the common vision

EA principles would help your decision making while the common EA development process would support a single program portfolio of transformation to the shared target.

But, the M&A transformation should not be performed in isolation. Other enterprise goals should be considered since the transformation should not be done for each cause in separation.

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Adrian Grigoriu blogs about everything relating to enterprise and business architecture, SOA, frameworks, design, planning, execution, organization and related issues.

Adrian Grigoriu

Adrian is an executive consultant in enterprise architecture, former head of enterprise architecture at Ofcom, the spectrum and broadcasting U.K. regulatory agency and chief architect at TM Forum, an organization providing a reference integrated business architecture framework, best practices and standards for the telecommunications and digital media industries. He also was a high technology, enterprise architecture and strategy senior manager at Accenture and Vodafone, and a principal consultant and lead architect at Qantas, Logica, Lucent Bell Labs and Nokia. He is the author of two books on enterprise architecture development available on Kindle and published articles with BPTrends, the Microsoft Architecture Journal and the EI magazine. Shortlisted by Computer Weekly for the IT Industry blogger of the year 2011.

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