If integration of processes, systems and people is not followed through speedily and effectively, the consequences can be catastrophic.
Certainty of success is increased by ensuring:
Even though there might be good strategic fit, business integration is always proportionally more difficult when there is a significant overlap of capabilities.
A business may have a surplus of good people but not necessarily those with the specialist skill sets, know-how and resilience to drive a successful integration.
Verdandi work for you and with you to organise, plan and deliver the integration programme.
What we do
Our people are affordable, widely experienced with strong leadership skills, breadth of business understanding and depth of technical appreciation - people with expert ability and subject matter expertise who know your industry and can be trusted to deliver the required outcomes safely.
We fill knowledge gaps and provide extra capability boosts in areas where you need it, when you need it and for only as long as you need it.
We use our flexible and adaptable methods to demystify the integration process, and speed you through the transition.
How we do it
The capabilities of the new business are formulated in a clear strategic vision of the strategy, target operating model and customer value proposition and communicated to the people impacted.
We agree what is required to integrate and stabilise the operation - what has to be done differently, new or stopped in respect of processes, systems and behaviours.
Project workstreams are organised around key deliverables, not business functions, using multi-skilled teams and strong leadership.
Your key business managers are involved in sponsor and stakeholder decision making roles, leaving them time to focus on the running of the business, resolving issues and benefit realisation.
We organise and, if necessary, train, mentor, coach and partner your people so they can sponsor, plan and run projects, fully participate and feel part of the transition.
Each integration project is planned around a 90-day stabilisation deadline - points raised in Due Diligence are individually addressed. Through meticulous planning we prove if each integration project can be accomplished within the target.
In complex technical areas, such as IT, where the challenge may be the greatest, we use experts to agree a realistic timescale with costed options presented for decision.
Aligning culture to the strategy and business plan means a change for many stakeholder groups. This is always challenging because it requires actions to change the 'rules of the game' - the unconscious rules of the organisation that everyone learns when they join yet are never taught; everything that operates behind the scenes and drives behavior in each business. We use experts to create a communication strategy and plan, take business actions to shift the thinking and behaviour and use leaders to demonstrate the new culture.
We leverage your shared-service resources, including Marketing, IT, HR, or Legal, whether these are internal or outsourced, and expedite decision-making.
If re-mapping of business processes, is required to ensure regulatory compliance, we do this with you.
If a new target operating model and new business change plan is needed we will work with you to develop this.
Verdandi will manage the entire integration for you for as long as we are needed, adding value from the day we start to the day we finish.
What our clients say…
"This was a tough assignment to pull off, ambitious in content and constrained in resources, funds and time. Verdandi significantly improved delivery and de-risked implementation by establishing effective working relationships with the management teams of both organisations, and through highly adaptive and pragmatic use of project tools. The team achieved a massive amount in a short space of time."
Integration Programme Director, UK Financial Services Group
"This has been the biggest integration project ever undertaken by any UK retailer. It has involved 64 large-scale projects with 600 people working in teams. The financial benefits have exceeded plan by £100m and all this has been achieved in 18 months."
Group Chief Executive, 5th biggest food retailer in UK Verdandi trained 200 people in Successful Project Management methodology to manage the integration, from executive sponsors to project team members.
Please contact us at Verdandi to obtain further information.