Due Diligence Investigations
Driven by merger, acquisition plans, or strategic supplier considerations due diligence investigations can
help avoid costly mistakes
and help ensure
the anticipated benefits are quickly achieved.
In performing a proper due diligence investigation it first necessary to clearly understand the goals/expectations
of the client in undertaking the acquisition. A positive working relationship must quickly be
established with the subject of the investigation - time is always of the essence. While information cannot
be taken at face value and must be cross checked, it is important to maintain a positive working relationship - the goal is to
understand and report on both strengths and weaknesses. No organisation is perfect and focussing too much
on the potential problems can obscure real strengths.
Collecting a large amount of data is inherent in a due diligence
investigation, it must not however end there.
All data (however acquired) must be cross checked for both
internal and external consistency.
While deliberate mis-statement of data may be rare, the presentation of
incorrect or mis-interpreted data is common.
All the information gained must be evaluated
context of the client's overall goals.
The final outcome must be communicated (written and in presentation form) to
the parties involved clearly identifying any risks, issues or
opportunities uncovered, along with pertinent recommendations as to how
best to mitigate risk or exploit opportunity.
All engagements are
pursued under the strictest confidentiality.
Business conditions change continuously, threats and opportunities
evolve - sometimes slowly and sometimes rapidly.
No company is immune to these changes, nor can the challenges
always be avoided by planning and foresight.
However, an effective strategy gives a company the ability to
influence the ground rules and conditions under
which the challenges will be met and opportunities pursued.
Strategic planning can be an extremely valuable process for any
It can also be resource intensive and prone
to generate data and information without
insight or understanding.
E-insights can assist in establishing the process
and guide the effort to best ensure a timely
generation of insightful and actionable results.
Training & Mentoring
While the worlds
of business and technology are different,
a successful enterprise must be capable
of bridging the differences.
This does not mean trying to turn business people into
technologists, or visa versa, but rather ensuring that
there is sufficient overlap between the practitioners
to allow effective communication.
Senior technical management roles such as that of CTO or CIO
reequire a range expertise
that is normally associated with several distinct disciplines - along with a high level of general management,
interpersonal and communications skills.
Mentoring has traditionally been an effective way to augment
someone's basic expertise and experience to provide the
additional 'finishing' necessary to excel.
E-insights can assist in
ensuring that management and staff are
cognizant of the technologies that are of importance
to them, and are equipped to make use of these technologies
in a value-adding way.