One of the smartest ways to grow your business is to acquire companies with complementary (and sometimes competing) products and services. You get a ready-made customer base and established products that fit nicely into your long-term business strategy.
With Acquisitions Come Many Challenges
One of these is the need to integrate multiple disparate IT systems from the acquired company. In some cases, you may be able to move everyone into a single system. But often, you will need to keep all the different systems up and running for a long period, if not permanently. This is particularly true with companies in the life sciences industry where the products are very complex and specific to business problems.
Stranger: “What does that mean? It’s something with computers, right?”
When I’m introduced to someone, this conversation is typical. I’ve been in various technical presales positions for more than ten years. I’ve built a career on my ability to engineer solutions to prove both business and technical value to all manner of companies. But more importantly, I’ve built my career on my ability to confidently answer technical and business-oriented questions.
In my role as a solutions architect, I answer questions all day, every day. Here are some of the most common inquiries I get:
How Search-Based Applications Are Changing Enterprise Search
Gartner’s 2015 Enterprise Search Magic Quadrant documents the arrival of a new generation of search-based applications – leaving behind the ‘single search box’ and the contextual, but unscalable search app. With its arrival in the Leader quadrant, Attivio signals the market’s shift to a unified search platform capable of supporting an unlimited number of context-aware applications – at enterprise scale. Why?