Effective Business and Enterprise Integration
Business integration is a key task in achieving the efficiency and effectiveness to meet strategic objectives. The purpose of the integration is always to achieve an improvement in enterprise performance either current or expected. The analysis used for integration can validate current performance or identify the best approach to doing the integration. It is the expected performance of operations that presents a great opportunity. Many organizational changes such as mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, divestitures, privatizations etc. fail due to differences in operations, culture and difficulty in integrating or separating the operations. In fact sources report as many as 75% of mergers and acquisitions (as well as consolidations) fail in some manner integration difficulties with the various business components.
Business integration is the combination of the enterprise into larger parts or separation of an enterprise into smaller or separate parts. It is a change in the structure of the enterprise. The need for integration derives from the actions of the management to restructuring the enterprise as a response to business environmental pressures mostly after the actions of competitors or economic pressures. As such it is needed by all type of enterprises not just for profit businesses. Enterprise integration might involve centralization or decentralization, merger, acquisition, divestiture, privatization, consolidation and other structural changes.
Even if you are not considering a structural integration type of change in the business you often want to know if your operational expectations can be met. Also you want to know if you made an integration decision can you expect it be executed effectively and efficiently. So, if you are considering a major change such as consolidation it is important to know if the operations can support the expectations.
Whether you are a business, a government body, educational institution or other structure, the result of such an analysis as with the quantitative and financial numbers provides you with a more complete situation assessment and reduces the risk of change. In this course the techniques of integration analysis and application are explored and applied with the emphasis on operational and cultural assessment.