Corporate acquisitions can immediately impact your company's growth and revenue, but they may have an even bigger and more immediate effect on your IT team, which has to find the right strategies and technologies to mesh the existing and new companies together as one.
That, of course, doesn't always happen easily or quickly, especially in key IT systems such as your supply chain management infrastructure.
Tate & Lyle, a food and beverage ingredients company, knows that conundrum all too well. Although the company acquired another business four years ago, the two SCM systems are still not fully-integrated. By next summer, that will finally happen, but it has definitely taken time to accomplish, says Bill McClure, the company's vice president of business process management.
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