Merger & Acquisition Services

We manage your M&A technology initiatives, from strategy, analysis and planning all the way to implementation, integration, optimization, and managed services.

merger & acquisition services

For most companies, divesting or acquiring business through M&A initiatives has become an important strategic means for keeping pace with the market and current trends. But joining forces with a competitor, acquiring a smaller company, or divesting an entire business unit can be an enormous undertaking – and should be executed as efficiently as possible.

Key characteristics of most M&A initiatives are extreme time pressure and a fixed budget, with significant penalties if the separated organization cannot meet goals. For that reason, you need a partner with the experience, tools, and deep expertise to support the transfer or integration of your enterprise applications and IT solutions.

Leverage our expertise to work through your M&A technology integration. We offer:

  • Complete vision and advisory for both SAP and non-SAP applications
  • Planning and execution for the application separation
  • Private Managed Cloud or full IT Outsourcing for both SAP and non-SAP systems
  • Run support in a variety of flexible models to meet your business needs
  • Road-mapping services tied to business outcomes

Ahead of the Carve out: TSA Negotiation and Planning

In this video, Bill Strasser, Senior Vice President of Managed Services, and Pat McCurnin, Director of Customer Engagements, discuss negotiating and planning a transition service agreement during an acquisition.

We Help you Structure your TSA

Transition Service Agreement (TSA) costs can become extremely expensive within a short period of time – making the speed of a successful implementation critical to the success of the divested organization. Choosing the right provider can help to reduce costs and gain high performance and reliability.

  • Due Diligence: NTT DATA Business Solutions works with your business to evaluate and understand the risks and costs involved in a target acquisition.
  • Discovery Tools: We provide tools to quickly and efficiently uncover the technology landscape and give you the information you need to make business decisions quickly and efficiently.
  • Separation Approaches: We support greenfield, brownfield, as well as technical carve approaches – whatever is most viable in your context.
  • Technical Carve: We can support several different SAP carve out models to move ECC to ECC, or ECC to SAP S/4HANA.
  • Advisory & Optimization: We work with portfolio companies to optimize their existing SAP instances. We find many clients running SAP can improve business process and significantly reduce cost by optimizing their existing systems.
  • Digital Transformation. We can help you build the business case for migration to SAP S/4HANA.
Advisory services for both SAP and non-SAP applications.

Complete Vision and Advisory Services for Both SAP and Non-SAP Applications

NTT DATA Business Solutions works with our partner, Natuvion, to deliver a full range of services for your SAP and non-SAP applications.

Executing the Carve out: Data and Technology Strategies

In an SAP carve out, buyers face several immediate decisions that have long-ranging implications. In this video Bill Strasser, Senior Vice President of Managed Services, and Pat McCurnin, Director of Customer Engagements, outline the factors buyers should consider, as well as various pathways and strategies.

NTT DATA Business Solutions works with our partner, Natuvion.

We Plan & Execute your Application Separation

Any transformation of IT systems requires careful preparation. A crucial point is the creation of an inventory. What is in my systems? Where and how much? You need a detailed overview in order to identify the optimal transformation scenario.

NTT DATA Business Solutions works with our partner, Natuvion, to help you separate and move data from your existing ECC data to the new company. Natuvion’s Data Conversion Server (DCS) is a unique platform that supports all types of consolidation, harmonization, data migration and carve out projects in SAP environments. DCS provides an embedded evaluation and classification analysis service that delivers 100% transparency on data scope and usage, carve out dependencies, and business configuration.

Executing the Carve-Out: A Look at the Full IT Portfolio

This video continues a series focused on SAP carve-outs, but expands the focus to include security and other IT considerations. Chris DePerro, Senior VP of Global Professional Services at NTT Limited, discusses trends in carve-outs and advice for the TSA process.

Options for Moving from SAP ECC to ECC

Clone and Delete

This involves creating a copy of the entire SAP ECC system from the parent company, then deleting master data that must remain with the parent company. We use Natuvion’s tool to automate the process, which results in lower risk, reduced investment required and a shortened timeline.

Clone and delete is the common path for most companies.

clone and delete option

Selective Carve

In this instance, a shell copy of the existing SAP ECC system is created without any data. Once the shell has been created, we use Natuvion’s tool to extract required data and migrate it into the shell. This option is a bit more technical, since it requires some analysis to ensure the necessary data was loaded into the shell system completely and correctly.

This option can take a bit longer than the clone-and-delete process, with more downtime required on both the seller and buyer side.

selective carve option

SAP S/4HANA Transition Options

Carve Out ECC and Move to S/4HANA with Targeted Innovation

This option would involve completing an ECC-to-ECC carve out so that the sold company is completely separated from the parent company from the IT and business perspective. Once that is accomplished, a secondary project can be initiated to convert to SAP S/4HANA using Brownfield conversion with some selective and targeted innovation.

Carve out ECC and move to SAP S/4HANA with targeted innovation.

Selective Data Transition

The selective data transition option is similar to the selective carve, but in this case the shell system would be SAP S/4HANA rather than ECC. As with the selective carve, once the S/4HANA shell has been created, Natuvion’s tool would be used to extract required data and migrate it into an SAP S/4HANA system that is already preconfigured.

Selective data transition

Executing the Carve-Out: Time to Value

This video focuses on what preparation is needed for an efficient carve-out process. Two experts from NTT DATA Business Solutions, Cheryl Bogenschutz and Bill Strasser, walk through strategic, logistical, and long-term considerations for a successful IT program.

Executing the Carve-Out: Digital Transformation Tools

Part of the carve-out process includes tracking, quantifying, and communicating business value. In this episode, experts from NTT DATA Business Solutions discuss technology that can help accomplish this goal and others.

After the Carve-Out: Optimizing Processes

In the final episode in a series outlining the steps of a successful carve-out, Brandon Evans, VP of Customer Transformation from NTT DATA Business Solutions, looks further out at how to set a business up for success long after carve-out is complete.

Full IT Outsourcing for Both SAP and Non-SAP Systems

Hosting your SAP and non-SAP systems in the cloud offers a multitude of benefits, including efficiency, security, compatibility, and savings. When folding in or carving out technology from a purchased company, the quick handover of applications and data, and effortless integration into the new company are just two reasons that cloud-hosted business processes are the most practical choice.

We can host your SAP and non-SAP systems in our data center or with your choice of hyperscaler (AWS, Microsoft Azure, GCP).

Comprehensive Managed Services and ITO Services

Typically the divested company lacks sufficient internal resources initially, especially in IT, and needs to rely on third-party managed services and information technology outsourcing. NTT and NTT DATA Business Solutions offer a full range of services to ensure that your business continues to run smoothly – until you can ramp up internal resources, or for as long as you need.

Comprehensive managed services and ITO services

Road-Mapping Services Tied to Business Outcomes

One of the core strengths of NTT DATA Business Solutions is our extensive experience in business across a range of industries and using that knowledge and experience to solve business challenges for our customers. We combine business and industry experience with deep-rooted SAP expertise to apply technological concepts that solve specific business challenges in the most efficient, cost-effective manner.

Our consultants bring the business acumen and analysis needed to take a hard look at how the application of these toolsets are modeled and provide good advisement on the benefits they deliver. This allows your business to see the path forward and what technology can deliver for the business, with tangible outcomes rather than just providing ‘technical theory.’

NTT DATA Business Solutions has developed a service-based approach to digital transformation that includes a flexible delivery model based on a dynamic technology roadmap tailored for your business, with a value-based subscription model.

Our Unique Value Differentiators Ensure Your Success

Why work with NTT DATA Business Solutions? Because we bring some unique value differentiators that ensure buyer success in the context of a carve-out:

  • M&A Carve-out Playbook: Our playbook formalizes the entire assessment, planning, and execution phases through well-defined activities and tasks that streamline the process. By doing so we help to ensure you can meet tight delivery timelines usually tied to stiff penalties.
  • Industry Expertise and Best Practice Templates: When you choose Greenfield or Brownfield implementation for your separation approach, we use our industry insights and best-practice-based templates as accelerators to get the separated entity up and running in the shortest time possible.
  • Cloud Solutions: As a smaller organization, the divested unit may find our AddOn solutions to be perfectly viable to meet requirements. These cloud-based solutions running on the SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) can be just the right alternative for the new organization.

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