We know that deals are expensive and that the synergy value often does not overcome the cost of the deal. We also know that diligence is one way to beat the odds and provides the best insight into a transaction. IT costs often get out of hand and are a significant contributor to the erosion of value.
If financial, tax and legal diligence are realities; why aren’t IT diligence? The deals I’ve been involved with touch upon IT though not sufficiently. The focus seems to be on where the IT systems may be similar and less so on how difficult and a reasonably accurate estimation. Why is that? Anyone have any insight?