When acquiring a company, or making a strategic investment in one, how do you get a handle on the technology risks?
You need rigorous, cost-effective IT due diligence to tell you how the company’s software will affect its ability to grow and thrive.
But this examination of the IT architecture and software typically just scratches the surface, including little more than interviews with the target company’s IT leaders, review of documentation, and perhaps a demo of the software.
The result? Investors buy a “black box” of software, and only later find out that it can’t support strategic goals for efficient execution or scalable growth. To identify the hidden IT-related risks and opportunities for your investment, you have to understand what’s going on in the source code itself.
This complimentary white paper explains why your IT due diligence must include a thorough technical analysis of the source code to answer critical questions like:
- Does the target company’s software support your future growth plans?
Can it scale to more users, adapt to new platforms, or integrate with other solutions?
- Are there IP-related issues hiding in the source code?
Liberal use of open source software or dependence on third-party solutions may have legal implications.
- What’s the value of the software portfolio and what future costs must be factored in?
How well is it engineered? How much technical debt do you face?
- How strong is the IT team of the target company?
How productive is it compared to industry benchmarks? What is the capacity for innovation?