When two San Diego companies merge, or one company purchases another, integrating systems throughout their practices can be difficult and challenging. This can be particularly true in the case of IT departments that manage internal communications, customer data, public presence and other key issues. IT departments can be one of the most critical components of an enterprise’s success whether it’s a tech business or even a more traditional manufacturing or service-based company. A great deal of the company’s security and communications rely on the work conducted by the IT department.

This can mean that during a merger or acquisition, developing a plan to handle IT integration to bring together the two companies can be particularly urgent. From ideas on how best to handle key IT issues to the technical issues presented by bringing together two significantly different systems, care must be taken to preserve the data held by both corporate entities. In addition, there must be a plan for future development of company infrastructure upon which the new entity agrees. In many cases, an IT department may include employees familiar with both types of systems used by the two prior companies, and directors may need to develop a plan that they feel is the best choice for the new company’s future.

Migrations and software integrations can lead to downtime, database problems and other issues even when all the companies and departments conduct intensive planning activities. In addition, different companies may have different work styles that need to come together in order to enjoy a successful common future.

Dealing with intellectual property, data retention and other aspects of a company’s business can be particularly critical parts of mergers and acquisitions. Companies that are considering acquiring other businesses or considering or selling themselves to another entity can consult with a business law attorney. Corporate counsel can help corporate decision-makers draw up contracts and protect their interests in complex business transactions.