In today’s corporate environment, organizations are likely faced with the complex issues of corporate acquisitions, mergers and consolidations. Your business goal is for the revenue and profitability of the new entity to be larger than the sum of the parts.
So when you’re planning a merger or acquisition, you need to assess each business entity’s infrastructure and answer essential questions, such as “What are the capacity and utilization trends for their storage assets and servers?”
Because Galileo Performance Explorer is a cloud-based infrastructure performance management tool, it can monitor and measure critical metrics related to the data centers involved in a merger or acquisition. It will help you identify trends and develop a plan to right-size the combined environment. Below is a road map for fast, simple and successful technology consolidation during mergers or acquisitions:
1. Monitor Each Business Entity’s IT Environment
Before a merger or acquisition, use Galileo to monitor the IT infrastructure of each organization involved. Ideally, of course, you’ve already been monitoring your primary environment for months or years. Also, take a 30-day snapshot of the business you’re acquiring or merging to document its technology configuration, performance, and utilization.
2. Virtually Consolidate the Technology Assets
You don’t have to guess what’s going to happen when you combine assets. You can virtually group the technology assets of the two business entities using Galileo Tag Manager.
Use this grouping to evaluate the consolidated workloads. Simply review the at-a-glance charts on Galileo’s enterprise dashboard for critical insights about capacity and performance.
3. Ask the Right Questions and Create Your Plan
In Galileo, review the trends in utilization for your servers and storage. You’ll likely find some assets are working overtime while others are practically asleep, enabling you to balance workloads and add resources as necessary. Thus, you can maximize application performance while minimizing costs.
Look at Galileo’s colorful charts to uncover answers to questions such as:
- Does the company we’re acquiring have free space in their environment?
- Which company has the newest equipment?
- Is there any excess capacity?
- Which applications do both companies use and should you physically consolidate them?
This investigation enables you to decide whether to consolidate data centers or keep them separate, and make trade-offs about which equipment to keep and which to discard.
4. Move & Monitor
Based on your plan, implement the migration. After you complete the system integration, continue to use Galileo to monitor the combined environment. By doing so, you can determine whether the assumptions you made during the integration process were valid or whether you need to make adjustments to increase efficiency or performance.